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Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B01C6B9V6Y.

Told through the medium of a colony of migrating birds, this is essentially a love story which explores the meaning of the word ‘love’ to different individuals.

It’s about pain and joy, illusion and reality. It’s also about the fragility of love and the way it can be destroyed so easily for some, while for others,
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Kindle Edition, 162 pages
Published February 23rd 2016
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Bob Rich
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
For perhaps the first third of the story, the book reminded me of Aesop’s fables, Watership Down and other allegorical stories. After all, it’s about swallows who think and in remarkable ways act like human beings. However, those other stories about anthropomorphic animals make strong points of ethics and morality. Insofar as I can gather, Telemachus is rather an examination of the (human) relationships between the sexes.

The language is almost poetic in parts, especially early in the book. I can
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Telemachus is a unique story told about a bird. Now that’s different! I thought this was an interesting book; once you get into it, you HAVE to know what happens. The reader will quickly learn that birds are just as crazy as people. If you want to read the birds’ version of General Hospital, with a little Jerry Springer thrown in, this is the book for you!

I give Telemachus an overall rating of 3 Boundless Stars. It was slow at times but the story, and my curiosity, made me keep with hit.

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Jay Odd
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Telemachus is a unique piece of fiction. It follows the daily lives of a handful of birds in their colony. The book manages to realistically portray the struggles of human family life through these birds.

How does a mother cope with the loss of her children/chicks? How does a man juggle the pressures of family demands and a high-powered job? What does one do in the face of unrequited love?

In short, it’s like a soap opera… with birds. However, that’s not to say that humans have simple been replace
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Stanley McShane
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Telemachus by Peter Gray presents a gripping and emotional tale using the POV from migrating birds. It quickly becomes powerful and profound in its simplicity. The story is written in an easy-flowing, heart-felt style that a child would enjoy. Still, an adult could just as easily interpret the anthropomorphic metaphor as a Greek tragedy, engaging all the elements of love, challenge, loss, and triumph. The male and female protagonists, Tom John-Mary and Sally, might represent the tragic lives of ...more
A.M. MSW
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
After reading Telemachus and looking at the book on Amazon, I was surprised to see how many high ratings it has. Unfortunately, my review is not as stellar. Telemachus is a beautiful premise for its story, but the writing fails to translate the message well.

Telemachus is an unusual love story mixed with tribal-esque spirituality and a sense of fate. I loved the way that Peter Gray made Tom and Sally fight for their love through an incredibly adventurous plot, and I thought that his twists and tu
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Mr. Bohemian
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hello, I'm Heaven's heavenly Doctor 2. You may recognize my rugged phrenology from my scattered modeling and acting gigs. In my office, I arrange appointments for indie books. The patient's essence took me by surprise. What started out as a simple story turned into a masterpiece that turned the prism of my perceptions permanently. The characters are nonfiction-esque birds that enjoy a simple society. The drama is substantial, even with the minimalism of basic bird life. Although there is a ...more
Danilo DiPietro
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Proxy for Book I of Joyce's ULYSSES where we meet Steohen/Telemachus. Themes introduced: his role in his mother's death, British imperalism (Maetello Tower, Haynes), Irish independence, Irish paralysis (the old woman). ...more
Grady
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Telemachus.’ ‘The big red eagle, the colour of all the blood he’s drunk?’

Irish author Peter Gray is a horse veterinarian and has published ten books on the nurturing, care and physiology and psychology of horses. He also has written a penetrating and meaningful memoir PREMONITION that is one of the more beautifully written books about Ireland and its effects on its people and on the author. Now he turns to a romance, very tied to nature as we would expect from his career as a veterinarian, and
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Payal Sinha
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Telemachus is an incredible story based on love. The medium is through birds who are projected just as human beings. In fact, the story acts like a moral guide that teaches as many words of wisdom in an entertaining manner. Peter Gray shows us the correct way of raising our kids so that they grow up becoming empathetic human beings. In fact, in today's world there are many parents with single kids and these kids face the danger of turning into spoiled and self-centered creatures. It is only whe ...more
Caprice
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Telemachus by Peter Grey is an interesting and unique story of love and life told through the viewpoint of birds. Since there have been many reviews summarizing the plot, I am not going to do so. I will say that the life of Tom John-Mary is filled with the same challenges and rewards as any human life could be.

I enjoyed reading this book. As a bird lover, I found the thought that they may have some of the same concerns as people to be intriguing. Just think about it for a moment; they are concer
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Julius Blitzy
it's interesting that after I finished reading this book, I still don't know how to categorize it.

The story is about a community of birds and their daily life, the protagonist male bird is caught in a

dilemma, he have to choose between two female birds and start a family. Things get complicated when

one of the female birds start manipulating the male one to choose her over the other one, and she

succeeds it but only after he asks the other female bird to be with him, but she rejects him and choose

a
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Kay Sunshine
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very unique story with hidden meanings throughout

This was a very complex and intricately-written story. This story is told about a community of birds, though the meaning behind the story sounds as if it is actually more about human beings. The main male bird is torn between two female birds. He feels he has a responsibility toward the female bird Daisy, whom he is not attracted to nor does he want to be with and raise a family with. But, she bullies her way into his life and starts to manipulate
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Jessica
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short, beautiful tale about love was unexpectedly tender for me. Tom is torn between two loves, Sally, the love of his life and Daisy, the unexpected intruder who storms into his family and makes herself at home. Through all this we are treated to the infinite definitions of love, how other people view it and how it affects their decisions in their daily life. After being banished from their village, Tom and Sally make a perilous journey to find a new life away from the troubles in their pa ...more
Renee Spicuzza
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Gray’s, “Telemachus,” is like a new revival of Richard Bach’s, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” in the way that it is written. It focuses in on a community aspect of birds and how their lives all inter connect and manipulate one another, so truly, this book is one giant metaphor for humanity. I found it interesting how he was able to capture a human like quality with the birds, but still maintain their animalistic principles at the same time. It is definitely book that you cannot skim throug ...more
Jc Er
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthropomorphic
Beautiful anthropomorphic tale of migratory birds. The lives of these birds are watched and manipulated by the bird God, Father Aves with His chief minion Patraeus executing the challenging but mostly good benign orders. Unfortunately Patraeus unintentionally mess up and created havoc in the lives of our beloved birds.
Chiek Er
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poignant, whimsical, and philosophical

Though less than 200 pages, this beautiful anthropomorphic tale of migratory birds covered thousands of miles taking us readers on life's journey of struggles and tribulations mixed with the triumphant moments of parental love and blissful courtships.
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