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The Life of the Skies by Jonathan Rosen
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Jul 17, 2009

really liked it
Read in August, 2009

For the author, watching birds is not only a simple pleasure, it is also a springboard into musings on evolution, religion, history, poetry, urbanism, environmentalism, human nature, extinction and hope. His acknowledgment that our need to order or identify birds exists in parallel with our awareness of their unfathomableness rang true to me, as did his observation that the appeal of birds may rest on the fact that they are the only true wildness many of us see in our daily lives. Rosen is honest, passionate and curious and I enjoyed his explorations enormously. But sometimes the weight of all that metaphor seemed a bit much for creatures who float on the wind. I wanted a last sentence that said, "On the other hand, sometimes a bird is just a bird."

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