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Love and Ordinary Creatures

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  12 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s highly anticipated new novel...

Love and Ordinary Creatures is told through the eyes of a cockatoo in love with his very human caretaker. Snatched in a net from his Australian homeland as a young parrot, Caruso has adapted to captivity and has learned all he knows of love from his previous owner, who was obsessively fix
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 15th 2014 by Ashland Creek Press (first published September 11th 2014)
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Pamela Barrett
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever been so much in love with someone that it makes you sick, love-sick? You know its not ever going to happen, you aren’t right for each other: but the heart wants what the heart wants. Well, that is the love story, or should I say stories, in Love & Ordinary Creatures. It is told from a bird’s point of view, a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo named Caruso, who is tail over wings in love with Clarissa his beautiful red headed care taker. She is his everything, and he wants the happily-ever-af ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this novel is breathtakingly beautifully written. it grabbed me from the opening line. the concept is stunningly original--narration from a parrot who's in love with his owner. the owner seems little more than a typical rom-com heroine, but the extraordinary narrator elevates this novel right away, as does rubio's exquisite use of language.
caruso, the cockatoo, is a terrifically reliable narrator, because he has an eidetic memory, and he is constantly relating not only the present-moment action
Erin Clark
It did take me some time to get into this story of Caruso the Cockatoo and his human paramour Clarissa. It is beautifully written and full of gorgeous descriptions of characters and locale. However the story was just a little strange and weak. I would love to read something by this author with a really compelling story to tell. I did enjoy the story being told from the birds point of view, that was fun and interesting. Not really sure if I could recommend it to a friend as it didn't grab my inte ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars really. A wonderful tale of love and how it affects our self identity. I was surprised how Rubio's parrot became a sympathetic hero.
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is not your average love story, or even your average pet story. It's no Marley and Me, Incredible Journey, or any of the movies and books that claim to be from the point of view of a pet -- at least not from the point of view of the parrot in this book. It's not a "One day I hope to be the person my dog thinks I am", either, as the humans involved vastly underestimate the thought process and intelligence of the particular bird involved. From the human viewpoint, it was a whole lot less comp ...more
Sarah Scott
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm always a sucker for stories with animals, so when I read the description for this book on LibraryThing Early Reviewers, I had to request it. Told through the eyes of the cockatoo Caruso, Love & Ordinary Creatures is about an intelligent young bird who has an intense, emotional attachment to his owner, Clarissa. His world is turned upside down when a new man enters Clarissa's life, and Caruso has to adjust as he learns that the love of his life doesn't feel the same for him.

I certainly enjoye
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally gave two stars, but after listening to some of the intelligent, thoughtful comments of my book discussion group friends, my opinion changed somewhat. Love to listen and share with other readers in this group where there is friendship and mutual respect.
World Literature Today
This book was featured in the Nota Benes section of the January/February 2015 issue of World Literature Today Magazine.
Patti Von
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just what the heck happened in the next? I have no idea.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Rounding up for birds, islands, and really lovely descriptions.
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May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was very sweet and I'm glad I took the time to read.

My boyfriend had a bird that just seemed so love in with him she saw me as the competition. when I read about this book I couldn't help but laugh and want to read it because I thought it would be sweet and funny. And it was but it was also something that gave me a warm heartsick feeling.

It was great.

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Gwyn Hyman Rubio (born August 7, 1949 in Macon, Georgia) is an American author, best known for her novel Icy Sparks.

Rubio graduated from Florida State University in 1971 with a degree in English. She then joined the Peace Corps and spent several years working as a teacher in Costa Rica. After returning to the U.S. and settling in Kentucky she became interested in writing, ultimately receiving a Ma

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