Titolo: Raven's End: A Novel
Casa editrice: Sierra Club Books
Data di pubblicazione: 2003
Condizione libro: very good
Gently used. Expect delivery in 20 days. Codice inventario libreria 9781578050949-3
Riassunto: This extraordinary book takes us into the complex world of ravens. Over the course of four seasons in the Rocky Mountains, we follow the adventures of Colin, a young raven who arrives unexpectedly - with no memory of his past - to join the Raven's End flock at Yamnuska, east of Banff. He learns about the beautiful and dangerous landscape that is their home and participates in the daily ritual of morning 'Flaps', when the flock exchanges news about food sources, weather, births, and deaths. Colin's new flockmates include Greta, the wise elder; nestmates and parents Molly and Zack, who are raising hungry (and hilarious) nestlings; spunky adolescents Sarah and Brendan; and two scoundrels named Dolus and Garth.As the seasons pass, Colin encounters a wide range of animals - ground squirrels, bears, ducks, lynx, pikas. He learns what it takes to survive: how to fight cold, evade hunters' guns, fly in blizzards, and scavenge from wolf kills (the flock's primary source of food in winter). Ravens live to fly, and every day after supper the members of the flock all join in the evening 'Flight', honing their skills with daredevil spins and dives, and reveling in the sheer joy of performing their graceful aerial ballet - feats at which Colin excels. He is also a bird of exceptional bravery and intelligence - and one who has the gift of second sight. But can these help him learn the truth about his origins? Written in graceful prose that whirls the reader aloft, "Raven's End" offers an unforgettable story of adventure that soars over the Rockies and beyond, to the mountains of the imagination.
Dal risvolto interno:
Spiritual, philosophical, political, and beautifully written, Raven?s End is an exciting novel about the lives of ravens. Over the course of four seasons in the spectacular Rocky Mountains, Raven?s End follows the adventures of Colin, a young raven who arrives unexpectedly to join the Raven?s End flock. His newfound friends include Greta, the wise elder; lifelong nestmates Molly and Zack; spunky teenagers, Sarah and Brendan; and the two scoundrels, Dolus and Garth. Among them, Colin learns what it takes to survive: how to fight cold, evade hunters? guns, fly in hailstorms, and scavenge from wolf kills. Colin participates in the daily ritual of morning Flaps, in which the flock, led by Main Raven, exchanges news about food sources, weather, births, and deaths. After supper the ravens all join in the evening Flight, honing their flying skills with daredevil spins and dives and revelling in the sheer joy of performing their graceful aerial ballet. In between they have adventures involving mountain animals, like bears, wolves, and lynx ? including the two-legged upright creatures who always leave them tasty morsels.
In the course of the novel we find out that Colin is a raven of exceptional talents and intelligence, who contemplates his mortality, and has the gift of second sight. When he finds himself in a life-or-death struggle against evil, his bravery and leadership save the day. But will he, in his spiritual quest, learn the truth about his origins? Only the spirit of the Great Raven, who visits Colin in disguise, can answer these questions?
Written with graceful prose and a passion for the natural world, Raven?s End will delight readers from ages 9 to 95.
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