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  •  I voted for forest creatures (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Brecht, RiveroftheWest, cfk

    Other commenters have mentioned Watership Down and The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams, both of which I have read and did enjoy.  I do, however, consider his novel Shardik to be a better book than either one of those.  In Shardik, Adams follows the life of a bear which is believed to be the reappearance of a god, and the presence of which leads a primitive people to conquer the known world.  Adams's meditation on myth and religion is not to be missed.

    Out of all the cat books is volume two of Gabriel King's fantasy series, The Golden Cat.  Worth the time it takes to read.  Not a great book, but satisfying.

    One classic that I came across and read last year was Platero and I by Juan Ramon Jimenez.  A series of short vignettes of life in a small Andalusian village as seen by a young poet, with his donkey Platero as a prominent character.  Published right before WWI, it shows a world long since gone, filled with joy and sadness, and the simplicity and complexity of small village life.  Highly recommended.

    When I was a little boy, we had a book which I read over and over again, Wild Animals I Have Known, written and illustrated by Earnest Thompson Seton.  Seton was a co-founder of the Boy Scouts, and wrote the Boy Scout Official Manual.  This book, published about a dozen years earlier is tragic, beautiful, transcendent.  I will never forget the moment I read of the wild black stallion, who jumps off a cliff to his death, in order to remain free.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 04:59:38 AM PDT

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