THE SOLITARY BLACKBIRD by E. Clephan-Palmer

THE SOLITARY BLACKBIRD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A small memoir, of Clarence, a half-fledged, half-dead blackbird who became their houseguest for several months, is almost a fable -- in which the kindness of the human world is juxtaposed against the cruelty of the animal world, questioned- and not altogether justified. When Clarence is found, the victim of a cat, he is quickly revived and domesticated- but every day as he grows stronger, he is also more attached to them- and unready to rejoin his own kind. Dependent, and to some extent defenseless as he is accustomed to the protection of their home, Clarence flies away- for short periods only- but returns each night, until the inevitable day when he is once again attacked and destroyed.... There's none of the fine detail here of Clare Kipps' Clarence: The Life of a Sparrow, but this memento also has its charm.

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1954
Publisher: Vanguard