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  1. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Walker

    I didn't really finish this book. I thought I'd love it. It was written in 1961 by Professor Emeritus George Miksch Sutton of zoology at the University of Oklahoma. Professor Sutton was a gifted bird artist, and the book has sketches and color plates of birds he painted in Iceland, where the book takes place. He's a good writer, too, and I enjoyed his descriptions of Iceland and the people. What turned me off was his attitude towards birds. He writes of painting a picture of a mallard duck, a he I didn't really finish this book. I thought I'd love it. It was written in 1961 by Professor Emeritus George Miksch Sutton of zoology at the University of Oklahoma. Professor Sutton was a gifted bird artist, and the book has sketches and color plates of birds he painted in Iceland, where the book takes place. He's a good writer, too, and I enjoyed his descriptions of Iceland and the people. What turned me off was his attitude towards birds. He writes of painting a picture of a mallard duck, a hen sitting on her nest, which she valiantly stayed on, as her eggs were piping and ready to hatch, despite his efforts to pose her, and his slapping her when she hissed at him. In another scene, he and his friends saw a bird flee from them and hide in a little hole in the volcanic rock. They shouted into the hole and pounded the ground with rocks, trying to frighten the bird out. The author speaks of finding day-old chicks and taking them to his apartment to paint them. He never speaks of returning them to their mothers. As he had a license to collect bird skins, I doubt that he ever did return any chicks. I know that even today this is done. It was his treating birds as mere objects for his use that I found so distasteful. I'm rereading Linda Johns "Birds of a Feather" to get the bad taste out of my mouth, so to speak.

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    ALX

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    Matt Williamson

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Auriel Fournier

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