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Though not generally perceived as graceful, crows are remarkably so—a single curve undulates from the tip of the bird’s beak to the end of its tail. They take flight almost without effort, flapping their wings easily and ascending into the air like spirits. Crow by Boria Sax is a celebration of the crow and its relatives in myth, literature, and life.

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Paperback, 184 pages
Published December 15th 2017 by Reaktion Books (first published 2003)
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Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذا الكتاب جميل، ممتع، طريف، غريب، يكشف لك عالماً مخفياً عن طائر ممقوت، كم هو ذكي هذا الغراب، وكم يشبه الإنسان في كثير من صفاته!
أنصحكم بقراءته
HuDa AljaNabi
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"الغربان مثل البشر, ولدت لتعيش بطرق لا يمكن توقعها"

الغراب أذكى الحيوانات, وانا لا استثني من ذلك البشر, حسب ما تبين من الاحصائيات فإن دماغ الغراب يزن حول 2.5% غم من جسمه بينما الانسان 1.5% فقط من وزنة, وهو يتشابه الى حد كبير في صفاته مع البشر عدا ذكائه كظهور الشارب فوق المنقار وتقليده لبعض أصوات البشر! ولا أنسى أيضا تلك القصة التي قرأناها في درس العلوم في الابتدائية عن الغراب الذي كان عطشانا واراد شرب الماء من الجرة الغير ممتلئة فقام برمي الحجارة ليرتفع منسوب المياه لديه ويستطيع الشرب, أتذكر كيف
John Anthony
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Preface to the New Edition
1. Mesopotamia
2. Egypt, Greece and Rome
3. The European Middle Ages and Renaissance
4. Asia
5. Narrative American Culture
6. The Romantic Era
7. Lord of the Crows
8. The Twentieth Century and Beyond
Associations and Websites

I’ve felt a weird affinity with Crows for years now – perhaps it’s Celtic blood as Corvids, and particularly the Raven, have a special place in Celtic culture of course. It may vaguely
فاطمة غانم الابراهيم
هذا الكتاب غريب بعض الشيء إذ يندر ان يوجد كاتب مهتم بعالم الحيوان وميثولوجيا الشعوب حول هذا المخلوق ، الذي عد نذير شؤم كعدوه البوم ..!

ومن حسن حظي بأني أقتنيت الكتابين :)!

نحن نتشائم من مخلوقات ولانعي لِمَ كل هذا التعبس ؟!
أظن هذا الكتاب يجيب على هذا التساؤل وطبائع بعض البشر اللامنطقية حول هذا الطائر المسكين ..!

يتطرق هذا الكتاب بالحديث من الناحية الفسيولوجية للغراب فهو على قدرة في تقليد أصوات الحشرات والبشر ، وهو على درجة عالية من الذكاء ، حتى أنه تفوق على القرده الذين شبهوا في كثير من تصرفاتهم بال
kitap hem kargalar ile ilgili genel bilgi veriyor hem de mezopotamya'dan 20.yy'a kadar toplumların kargaya bakışını, karga ile ilgili mit, masal ve hikayelerle anlatıyor.
benim gibi karga meraklıları için keyifli bi' okuma..
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thinking
"Crows are among the most ubiquitous of birds, yet, without being in the least exotic, they manage to remain mysterious."

"Corvids, and their societies, are flexible to a point where it is very difficult to generalize from the behavior of a few. Like human beings, they have cultures, they may be capable of adapting to a wide range of circumstances, including, for example, being watched by scientists. Why do corvids collect in large numbers in certain groups of trees during autumn and winter? Well
One quick word about the title: it says Crow, but basically the entire corvid family is covered, including ravens and magpies. I've read plenty of these Animal books by now, and this is the only one that seems to have gone on by a somewhat different setup. Most of the other books have themed chapters. The animal in decorative arts, for example. This one has chapters that are more historically and geographically based. Crows in Mesopotamia, for example. This may be because most of the other anima ...more
الغُراب .. بين القداسة الأسطورية ، و الرمز المظلم للشؤم و الموت ، يبقى بالنسبة لي زعيم العباقرة و الدهاة 🖤
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While Corvids are arguably the most common and recognizable of the birds of the world they are also some of the least noticed and least understood. They have always been admired for their intelligence, yes, but the extent of that intelligence is still being uncovered bit by bit. They make tools, they play, they seem to have a rudimentary language with over 20 recognized calls that we can attribute meanings to as well as identifying calls that appear to be names. They have what appear to be funer ...more
suleiman alrawhi
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
كتاب ممتع ورائع استمتع بقراءته يحي تاريخ الغراب في ذاكرة الشعوب جمع الكاتب فيه ما ورد ذكره في كتب التاريخ والاديان والاشعار والحكم والامثال وكذلك اللوحات الفنية .

الغراب ذلك الكخلوق الذكي المغلف بالغموض اختزل الكثير من الاساطير والرمزيات التي حيكت حوله
الغراب وغيره من المخلوقات آية من أيات الله سبحانه وتعالى يفضي التأمل إلى الإعجاب والدهشة .
Pete daPixie
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manimals
Perhaps a little betwixt and between for me. 'Crow' is a study of all things Corvus. Carrion, Hooded, Rook, Raven, Jackdaw, Magpie, Jay.
The book attracted me because these birds seem to be the sole inhabitants of my neck of the woods. A short read that throws in many topics, scientific, with mythic and legendary aspects added, literary and historical references.
Abu Hasan محمد عبيد
(كان لدى الناس في الإسلام نظرة أكثر سلبية نحو الغربان، فإحدى الأساطير المشهورة تقول إنه في إحدى المناسبات كان محمد (صلى الله عليه وسلم) مختبئا في كهف ليهرب من أعدائه، عندما لمحه غراب، وكان في حينها طائرا أبيض، وصرخ الغراب: "غار، غار !" والتي تعني "كهف، كهف !" في محاولة منه لخيانة النبي.
وعلى أية حال لم يتمكن الرجال المسلحون من فهم ما قاله الغراب ومروا بمحاذاة مدخل الكهف. وعندما غادر محمد (عليه الصلاة والسلام) ملجأه، حوّل الغراب إلى اللون الأسود ولعنه بقوله إن على الغراب منذ ذلك اليوم أن يكرر نداء
Daniel Fitzgerald
Like the other books in Reaktion's cultural history of critters series, this book is a mixed bag of factoids, fanciful speculation about olden times and foreign folks, and romantic gushing about the mysterious power/allure of common critters. I like this kind of mental junk food, but this title, in particular, was like reading a 100-page Wikipedia article. Rat had a "rat as animal of modernity" thesis. Fox was all about alterity and varmints on the margins. Crow was mostly a smattering of "crows ...more
Eduardo Irujo
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un ensayo ameno y entretenido. Un recorrido por la figura del cuervo acompañado con imágenes y fotografías hermosas. Una lectura muy agradable
Eric Hoffman
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this new, sixth edition of Boria Sax’s concise, informative Crow (2003), the inaugural installment of Reaktion Books’ excellent Animal series, Sax takes a refreshingly straightforward, mostly up-to-date look at these commonplace yet endlessly fascinating birds that, from Gilgamesh to Van Gogh, have long been a source of enchantment and wonder. “Crows are among the most ubiquitous of birds,” observes Sax, “yet without being in the least exotic, they manage to remain mysterious.” Indeed, follow ...more
Ahmed Hashim
أقتصرَ الأمر على تأريخه الثقافي . أسهب كثراً بوريا في أطنابه بالحديث عن النبوءات والأساطير والخرافات التي تربط هذا المخلوق المتشح بالسواد في أدب وثقافة وحياة شعوب بلاد ما بين النهرين و اليونان و الرومان و آسيا و مصر و الأمريكيتين التي أصبح الغراب فيها الشخصية الرئيسية في ديانة رقص الأشباح لدى الهنود الحمر التي أبتدعها النبي ووفوكا . بلا جدال هو طائر ذكي . قادر على نطق و تقليد كلمات وأصوات بشرية . وبعض الأشياء من بيئته . تمتلك الغربان أكبر الأدمغة نسبة إلى حجم جسم أي طير ، وأدمغة الغربان مزدحمة ت ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عرض كتاب
الغراب: التاريخ الطبيعي والثقافي

• اسم الكتاب: الغراب: التاريخ الطبيعي والثقافي.

• العنوان بالإنجليزية: Crow.

• المؤلف: بوريا ساكس.

• تحرير: إيزميرالدا حميدان.

• سنة النشر: 1431هـ/2010م.

• دار النشر: هيئة "أبو ظبي" للثقافة والتراث (مشروع كلمة).

• الطبعة: الأولى.

• صفحات الكتاب: 182.

يُعَد الغراب في تاريخ الثقافات المختلفة للشعوب رمزًا للتشاؤم والتنبُّؤ بسوء الحظِّ للبشر، وساعد على ترسيخ هذه الخرافات بشأن الغراب صوتُه المنفِّر المسمى بالنعيق؛ حيث صار من المألوف في المأثور الشعبي ارتباطُ نعيق الغ
Tim Kordas
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I've recently become very interested with crows and ravens after watching them on my morning walks. This book is a very quick light survey into Corvids' cultural significance. Oddly light on Asia despite some brief mentions in the shortest chapter.

Basically, this was the first of a batch of books I ordered from Amazon. A very quick read, and has enough references to other works that it seemed worth reading.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
I see crows everywhere up here and they're good birds. Sax does a great job explaining crow lore throughout time and cultures including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Asia, Native America, and the Romantic Era. He also includes an entire chapter on the history of the scarecrow. I definitely enjoyed reading and learning more about these enigmatic birds.
Leticia Supple
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
A pretty good book about the role that crows have played in human life, and why they're so special. It's a lightweight read, pretty small, and very noncommittal.

While I learned a lot, I felt like the author want really committed to the book, and it came off quite bland. Unusual, for a book on such a potent subject.
Andrea J
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Llibre sobre còrvids, un entreteniment, una panoràmica natural i cultural sobre aquestes bèsties fantàstiques. Les quatre estrelles són pel tema, òbviament. L'original en anglès forma part d'una col·lecció immensa on segur que hi ha el vostre animal preferit.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Without doubt a well researched book on the mythology and history of corvids. The remarkable illustrations only adds to the reading pleasure.
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack Wright
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-not-read
A good breadth across history, culture and literature, though not immensely deep. Simple but interesting.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
استمتعت جدًا وانا اقرأه رغم أنه بالعنوان كُتب التاريخ الطبيعي والثقافي الا اني دُهشت وهو يذكرهم من عدة جهات خاصة لما ذكر التفاصيل حول فلسفة أعدادهم واعتبار الفايكنغ الغراب كإله لهم رهيب رهيب جدا
George Cook
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Some nice facts and the odd nice story about crows but felt a bit all over the place
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
رائد الجشي
الكتاب موسوعي وشمال يتناول الغراب او ما يحيل تاريخيا واسطوريا ودينيا وأدبيا ويشير الى تجارب ودراسات حديثة كما انه مدعم بالصور والشروحات ويمكن الاستفادة من هذا الكتاب من نواحي عدة
الكتاب يستحق القراءة
Feb 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really informative, albeit brief, explanation of the varying roles that corvids (family which includes crows, ravens, magpies, rooks, and jackdaws) play in human cultural traditions around the world. It's more of a focus on how these birds have found prominent positions in folklore than it is a description of the science behind these birds and why we revere (and sometimes fear) them.

I'm really enjoying this series from UK's Reaktion Press - well written, easy to digest, fully illustrated, boo
Should have been called Corvid rather than Crow since the book jumps to a member of the family for what seems like every couple of pages.

Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but I couldn't help wonder if the author would have had an easier time just sticking with Ravens instead.

Anyhow, Crow was a very quick and accessible overview of the history and mythology of the corvid family - with a few other facts thrown in for good measure.

It did read like more wiki page or a magazine article than
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