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The Bird Catcher by Laura Jacobs
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Mar 20, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

This book is so beautifully written that it is worth reading just for the language and imagery. The story is well woven, as well. The setting is New York, and the characters are elegant, intelligent, obnoxious and self serving (New Yorkers!). While I liked and felt sorry for Margret, I sometimes felt as though the author was condescending to me. It is hard to put a finger on it, certainly the writing is worth five stars, and the story was compelling. But, something made me withhold that last star. Perhaps I am simply envious of her intellect and the breadth of play on the esoteric references to plays, theater, music, and the arts...or maybe she is just a New Yorker, and these are the things that all New Yorkers know. Still, this county girl, and casual birder, could not put the book down until I had inhaled the entire story in all its marvelous winged colors and richness. [Perhaps I should give it that extra star?]

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