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The Flight of the Osprey

Ewan Clarkson

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ISBN 10: 031213973X / ISBN 13: 9780312139735
Published by St Martins Pr, 1996
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: The Flight of the Osprey

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st U.S. ed.

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Not since World War I have ospreys been seen in England. Now, however, the magnificent birds are beginning to reclaim their ancient territories. But as Isagair, a two-year-old osprey, soon discovers, survival is still quite difficult. The young bird becomes trapped in a poacher's net and faces a slow death.
Help comes from Nicola Frayle, who, at the age of thirty-seven, has been struggling to accept the early death of her husband. When she discovers the entangled bird, Nicola also begins to find a new sense of purpose, despite the many problems involved in caring for the untamed bird.
Isagair soon recovers and returns the kindness when he begins hunting for food from a neighbor's trout fishery. Nicola finds a friend in fishery owner Martin Collier, himself coming to terms with a troubled past. But for Nicola and Martin - and Isagair, too - many hurdles lie ahead in this magnificently told story, evoking the beauty and wonder of the world in which we live.

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Vividly detailed description and a plot that neatly mixes human and animal affairs mark British nature author Clarkson's first novel since Ice Trek (1984). Set amidst the natural beauty and changing seasons of modern Devon and the Scottish highlands, the narrative presents the life, habits and return to the U.K. of the osprey after a century away through the story of Iasgair, a young male of the species. Young and attractive Nicola Frayle, recently widowed, finds Iasgair entangled in some nylon netting and takes him home. With the help of Paul, a local farmer, Nicola tends to the bird, feeding him with frozen fish. Paul and his wife, matchmaking on their minds, then introduce Nicola to Martin Collier, a maimed vet who owns a trout fishery. When Iasgair begins fishing Collier's ponds, a romance slowly develops between the two. But on a highlands trip to free the bird, the lovers stumble into an ideological rift that threatens to separate them forever. Clarkson alternates animal and human point of view, and, though the animal-oriented passages are the more convincing, the story coheres throughout, offering a gently presented lesson: that while humanity may be the world's foremost predator, our aggression is no less natural than that of a panther-or an osprey.
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