- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2085 KB
- Print Length: 54 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N36WZNO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #443,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark Stewart's stories look at the fates of, amongst others, a shark, whale, rabbit, squirrel, polar bear, rhino and elephant. Creatures great and small and all hunted or mistreated in some way.
When the author approached me to ask me to review this book I asked him if it would break my heart. He said no, but that I might shed a tear. I didn't do that but I felt an overwhelming sadness. The stories are very literary in style, quite wordy and I struggled with that a bit, but they're also lyrical and moving and it's obvious Stewart cares deeply about the natural world.
I've long been a supporter of various animal charities, finding it hard to comprehend the cruelty in the world. If you care too then you may find these stories well worth a read. Not an easy read at all but the reader is put right into the heart of each story, imagining how each creature feels. It's heartbreaking stuff and The Absence of Wings is an important lesson to us all in how to behave and how not to behave.
Unfortunately quite often in the past people were unaware of the cruelty that was inflicted on animals in order for them to have make up, trinkets and medicines. Mark Stewart is the animals representative in this book, their voice to plead and make a case for a chance to rebuild their numbers and not become just a distant memory to be admired on the internet and in books as a thing in the past. When they are gone there is no coming back. These days there is no excuse of ignorance, we as humans have never had knowledge at out finger tips like we do nowadays.
I thought that the way Mark Stewart set the book out and became the voice of the animals describing the conditions in which they were living and the life they had once had was very clever. It made me try to guess what the animal was. It made their plights more real rather than just describing the conditions.
I wish this author so much luck to get his message out there and just hope it isn't too late. Knowing the consequences of our actions and that of others, and doing nothing about it makes us far from being intelligent creatures ourselves.
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