Bird Brain Paperback – 2 Aug 2012
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"Only a Briton could have written Bird Brain. Eccentric and anthropomorphic, you’ll either love or hate this book. I loved it. It’s high-spirited, subversive and full of wry social observation and excellent jokes. Think Paul Torday meets Chicken Run" (Daily Mail)
"A bloody brilliant book" (Spectator)
"I loved it... It's a book I've been waiting for all my adult life, for it feels to me like nothing so much as a rather adult version of that other great pheasant story, Roald Dahl's Danny, the Champion of the World" (Rachel Cooke Observer)
"A wonderfully astute satire with full confidence in its own eccentricity... Ripe, rich, fun, this is a beautifully turned story, good to the very last drop" (Sunday Times)
"Tom Sharpe meets Watership Down in the hugely enjoyable story of Basil “Banger” Peyton-Crumbe, a man who, having exulted in the slaughter of game birds all his life, is killed in a shooting accident and reincarnated as a pheasant…. It would not be quite accurate to say the book anthropomorphizes animals because they all retain, quite brilliantly, their animal natures, but at the same time Banger, even as a dim bird begins to gain insight into his shortcomings as a human being.Funny, astute and completely absorbing" (Guardian)
A very, very funny novel about country sports, murder, intrigue - and talking pheasants.See all Product Description
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How wrong I was - I really enjoyed this book. Guy Kennaway has succeeded in creating a set of vivid characters, both animal and human, who alternately inspire love and loathing in equal measure. Kennaway also displays a comic touch which had me chuckling away to myself on a number of occasions. The way he portrays the interactions between humans and dogs is done cleverly, particularly the disdain in which dogs hold most humans, valuing them most seemingly for their ability to make 'beautiful' smells!. His finest accomplishment was in persuading me to root for the pheasants in their attempts to avoid coming to a sticky end.
If like me you are unsure whether to buy this book, be bold and take the plunge, you will not be disappointed.
I am a terrible reader, a few pages and i'm off, but this book - I started and I finished in one sitting. I laughed out loud, each giggle more and more personal and heartfelt. A different world from mine and yet I fell under the skin of the characters and the world. I Love Love this book and if I could, would hand out free copies to all grey grumpy looking people especially rich ones with big estates who have no idea what is happening at the bottom of their gardens.
And how glad I am that I succumbed to temptation. 'Bird Brain" is very funny, almost flawless in narration, characterisation,and plot design. It is a superbly crafted piece of humourous fiction. Though set in familiar and recognizable territory (it is not entirely unlike the young A.N.Wilson novels,though much more sturdily constructed, and with echoes of Waugh and Firbank) it is quite different from any novel I have ever read before. The idea of talking animals, a man being reincarnated as a pheasant,a novel about posh folk going shooting might all seem whimsical or even dire. This book is none of those things. It is well..."bloody brilliant".
If there is any justice in this world, Guy Kennaway will rocket on to the best sellers lists with this book and 'Bird Brain' will become a classic. If that happens,it will be great news for everyone lucky enough to read it. And if it doesn't....well at least I have had the fun of reading it.
One single reservation: I don't relish the occasional rabelaisian bits about farts and bums, but may be that is because I am an old fogey.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent preowned copy as described. Loved this book. Couldn't put it down and got funny looks when I laughed out loud at bits. Truly wonderful read.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really most enjoyable,seeing things from the pheasants point of view and incorporating a bit of detective work-a good countryman' s bookPublished 19 days ago by Jonathan Shorten
Hilarious and very silly. Quite crude in places but good lighthearted fun, well written.Published 1 month ago by N. Phillips
absolutely brilliant! Why is this bok not better known. Hilarious but with very potent messagesPublished 4 months ago by maryrose
So funny. An excellent book to give to someone who thinks themselves a bit of a shot!!!Published 6 months ago by Mrs Beeton