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One for Sorrow, Two for Joy by Clive Woodall
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Dec 07, 2011

it was amazing

I loved this book. It was amazing, it was thrilling, and at places it was raw and horrific. Clive captures the world of birds with surprising vividness; he compares them to people yet also sticks to their true natures. At some points of the story I was saddened, and at other points I was laughing and smiling. One for Sorrow Two for Joy (the title is based off a superstitious nursery rhyme about magpies) was a splendid read.

The 'One for Sorrow, Two for Joy' nursery rhyme about magpies:

One for Sorrow
Two for Joy
Three for a Girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret (never to be told)
Eight for a wish
Nine for a kiss
And ten for a bird that you can't miss!

Apparently your luck was determined by how many magpies you saw. It was a creative title for the book.

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