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The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl
 
 
Author
Martin Windrow. Christa Hook, illus.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780374228460
Pages/Publication Date 302/2014
Daedalus Item Code 49572
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They were an odd couple, the British military historian and the tawny owl he named Mumble, sharing a flat in a South London tower block. And yet the two would soon prove to be all but inseparable; as Martin Windrow writes in this wry, delightful memoir: "Mumble was so much a part of my life in those days that the oddity of our relationship seldom occurred to me, and I only thought about it when faced with other people's astonishment." Windrow chronicles the rhythm of their charmed 15 years together—shaving with Mumble perched on his shoulder, her delight in his shoelaces, her occasional offerings to share her dinner, and how during molting season she tended to become rather "clingy"—as well as an unexpected education in the paleontology, zoology, and sociology of owls.

"Anyone who thinks the bond between man and dog or cat is the supreme human-house pet attachment will have to reconsider after reading Martin Windrow's touching account of the bird who changed his life, a possessive and characterful tawny owl named Mumble who was his domestic companion for 15 action-packed years.... [The book is] a memoir of his friendship with this singular creature, interwoven with a natural history of her species and a close, not to say obsessive, description of her traits ... [and] all the more affecting because of its gruff understatement."—NYTBR

"Windrow has an endearing, entertaining voice, not without a sense of humor. He not only describes his relationship with the little owl ('love at first sight') but also gives owl history, the species' contemporary existence, precautions, and more. Windrow's journal entries from the time are scattered throughout, and they reveal his careful attention to Mumble's learning to 'speak' and fly and adapt to her unusual life. Containing many photos as well as Christa Cook's beautifully detailed sketches, this is a gentle, touching love story that will appeal to all pet owners, not just those fond of tawny owls, which Windrow describes as 'something like cats that can fly'."—Booklist

 
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