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The Flight of Birds: A Novel in Twelve Stories (Animal Publics) Kindle Edition
The Flight of Birds is a novel in twelve stories, each of them compelled by an encounter between the human and animal worlds. The birds in these stories inhabit the same space as humans, but they are also apart, gliding above us. The Flight of Birds: A Novel in Twelve Stories explores what happens when the two worlds meet.
Joshua Lobb’s stories are at once intimate and expansive, grounded in an exquisite sense of place. The birds in these stories are variously free and wild, native and exotic, friendly and hostile. Humans see some of them as pets, some of them as pests, and some of them as food. Through a series of encounters between birds and humans, the book unfolds as a meditation on grief and loss, isolation and depression, and the momentary connections that sustain us through them. Underpinning these interactions is an awareness of climate change, of the violence we do to the living beings around us, and of the possibility of transformation.
The Flight of Birds will change how you think about the planet and humanity’s place in it.
'The Flight of Birds is full of surprises, as if Lobb is saying to the reader, don't get stuck in the routine of traditional storytelling, come fly with me somewhere dangerous, somewhere fun. I dare you.' -- Catherine McKinnon -- Meanjin
'It's a deeply thoughtful (and yet often light-hearted and amusing) book about the ethical compromises humans make to justify their relationship with animals. Lobb's novel comes from a different place because it is also a meditation on loss and loneliness, but it shares the same preoccupation with the way we share the same spaces as animals but see ourselves as apart.' -- Lisa Hill -- ANZ LitLovers LitBlog
'Humans cannot imagine avian perspectives, Joshua Lobb admits, but his stories explore what we might learn from the attempt. Some of Lobb's strategies are familiar from much recent fiction with ecological themes, such as the use of an educated, intellectually curious narrator-protagonist whose wide reading provides a convenient means of introducing diverse facts and anecdotes about birds into lyrical, richly figurative prose. Others are more adventurous, including shifts in grammatical person and tense. Far from being gratuitous, they foreground substantive questions of intergenerational responsibility.' -- Sascha Morrell -- Australian Book Review
'Lobb's substantial achievement has been to create a cohesive whole in which the parts flow and the patterns resonate. Interlocking and open-ended, the stories are rich with fragments from poems and other texts ... The Flight of Birds creates space for the consciousness of both humans and birds.' -- Rowena Lennox -- Swamphen --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07PDCB8Y6
- Publisher : Sydney University Press (1 January 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1891 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
Best Sellers Rank:
552,023 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- 147 in Animal Rights (Kindle Store)
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