Owl (Reaktion Books – Animal)

January 12, 2016 - Comment

From Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat”to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, owls have been woven into the fabric of popular culture. At times they are depicted as dignified, wise old scholars and at other times as foreboding voyeurs who see all and interrogate with an accusatory, “Who? Who?” In Owl best-selling author Desmond Morris

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From Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat”to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, owls have been woven into the fabric of popular culture. At times they are depicted as dignified, wise old scholars and at other times as foreboding voyeurs who see all and interrogate with an accusatory, “Who? Who?” In Owl best-selling author Desmond Morris explores the natural and cultural history of these predators of the night who embody both good and evil in turn.

In this fascinating book, Morris describes the evolution, the many species, and the wide spread of owls across the globe. Owls are found on every land mass around the world, with the exception of Antarctica; and as a result of their wide distribution, owls appear in the folktales, myths, and legends of many native peoples—in addition to popular art, film, and literature worldwide. Featuring over 100 telling illustrations from nature and culture, Owl will appeal to the numerous fans of this enigmatic bird, from the friendly Mr. Owls to silent, sinister, hunters of the dark.

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Mr. B says:

This survey lacks depth If you, like me, are intrigued by owls and want to know more about them; if you think you like owls, but don’t know much about them; if you are a bird lover, including but not limited to, owls–whatever your level of interest—you may want to look further, as this book is bound to disappoint. One can easily imagine why Desmond Morris was asked by the editors of the Reaktion Book series (each book dealing with a different animal or insect) to write about owls. After all, back in 1967 Mr. Morris achieved fame with “The Naked Ape” (which I read and enjoyed 30 years ago). Now 72 years old, Mr. Morris, a British zoologist and ethnologist, appears to have published extensively on animals and their behavior since his breakthrough publication. Unfortunately, one can also just as easily get the impression that Mr. Morris waited until the last moment before the submission deadline for his manuscript, and then, in a panic, Googled “owls” to gather various and sundry…

C. Barry says:

Perfect book for owl enthusiast 0

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