One For Sorrow, Two For Joy

One For Sorrow, Two For Joy

by Clive Woodall

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ISBN-13: 9781440622694
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 420 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Clive Woodall lives in a village in rural Cambridgeshire with his wife and two sons (for whom this story was originally written) and a garden full of birds. One for Sorrow, Two for Joy is his first novel.

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One For Sorrow, Two For Joy 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
phoenixcomet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A decent story about the trials and tribulations of a lone robin who is the last of his species due to the evil machinations of the corbidi. The first book ends with the death of the main character, and after all he went through, that was a let down. The second book wasn't nearly as satisfying as the first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kristian Thaler More than 1 year ago
Love the idea for the story, and the writing is exciting and vivid. However, the story starts after several exciting things have already happened. It made me feel like I was reading the second book in a series. the pace is a little rushed, also. Still, I would have rated it 5 stars if the protaganist was a young bird instead of the equivlent of a middle-aged man.
pwee More than 1 year ago
Beautifully crafted and breathtakingly descriptive, this novel follows the story of Kirrick, supposedly the last robin in his lands, as he, with the aid of an acumen old owl, attempts to band together the remaining perching bird species, and overthrow the corrupted magpie and his followers who threaten their very existence. A memorable piece, both in its storyline and in its spectacular descriptions, animal lovers certainly won't be disappointed, especially fans of Richard Adam's Watership Down or Garth Stein's the Art of Racing in the Rain! Great for any adult reader who wishes to read from the point of view of animals, without the usual childishness that such a desire normally entails. I advise this novel for older readers, rather than younger, due to some elements in the story that wouldn't be suitable for children. Nevertheless, an awesome read! Highly recommended, you must give this book a try!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books to get engrossed in when having really nothing else to read. It was pretty good, I must say, though it was pretty fast-paced with little fill-in imformation, thought pretty understandable. This book, though, does contain an incident of rape, though not a discriptive happening, still not to be read by children not yet being filled in upon the imormation of the birds and the bees. The author was not the best at research, mostly in that 'oopsie' when he explained that robins were not migratory birds. He did good research in some cases, but not in others. I would not trust this book for imformation about birds, that is for sure! An okay book, though, a entertaining read, though a tad bit fast paced, as said before in this review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slyekin, leader of the magpies, is bent on dominating all of Birddom. He¿s ordered his followers to kill off all the small bird species throughout the land. Kirrick is the last of the robins and has eluded the nasty magpies for sometime. Slyekin will not be deterred and sends out his second in command, Traska, to murder Kirrick. The little robin seeks out the wise old owl named Tomar to see what can be done about the genocide the magpies have unleashed. Kirrick¿s quest puts him on a wild race against time and the ever pursuing magpy murder Traska. Although some have remarked that this novel is similar to Watership Down, it most certainly isn¿t. There¿s too much gore, torture, and rape in this book to be considered worth reading to children. Some adults may find it offensive. A promising storyline could have been salvaged if the author had truly taken into account what ¿children¿ read. In the light of the times, children may be exposed to more than this book depicts. If you must read this book - bewarned - it does not bode well for those who really love animals or stories about animals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First let me say that no matter what the auther says, this is not a book for children. Containing rape, murder, torture and mutilation the subject matter is adult at best. Secondly, there is nothing really unique about this book. It is simply a borowing of many other authors works. Thirdly, the writing is atrocious. I imagine the author must have a brother-in-law at the publishers, otherwise I don't know why they would have published this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One for Sorrow Two for Joy is a story of the last of the robins working to save all Birddom from certain death. Kirrick the robin, under the guidance from the wise owl Tamar, undertakes a seemingly impossible task of uniting surviving bird species against the malicious magpies and crows. The book is full of cliches and repetitions. The main characters lack depth and personality. The reader is spoon-fed with each bird's history without letting them speak for themselves through their actions, thoughts and words. There is absolutely no suspense and the ending simply cannot be any more obvious. There's too much violence. I cannot believe Disney picked up this book for a future movie. It is empty, patronizing, violent and unimaginative. Stay away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One for Sorrow, Two for Joy was a decent book, but nothing I¿ll reread. The plot was nice, but there wasn¿t much depth to the characters or the storyline, and the story moved too fast for it to be a rich, detailed epic like Watership Down (which One for Sorrow, Two for Joy is compared to) or Lord of the Rings. I also thought that the author attributed too many human characteristics and actions to birds such as kissing, sexual assault, and lust, etc. It wasn¿t as believable as Watership Down because the animals reacted in ways that humans would, not as animals would. Still, there was some nice suspense and action in the book. I would suggest it if you¿re looking for an easy read about an obvious hero.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I love birds, and this book made me love them even more! I think Kirrick is an Outstanding bird and this book is made for Lord of the Rings lovers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from the library hoping for a rousing advebture story similar to Watership Down. I was horribly disappointed. While the basic premise is good, I found the characters to be archetypes without much personality and there was way too much gory detail about torture and rape for me to ever feel comfortable reading this to my children. I cannot believe this would ever be made into a movie, and it most certainly cannot hold a candle to Watership Down. If you're looking for something similar to that great work, I recommend Tailchaser's Song by tad Williams, Fire Bringer by Clement Davies, and the Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West by Mary Stanton.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Kirrick the last of the robins saw his whole species, including his mate die at the hands of the magpies. The leader of the magpies, Slyekin, ordered his followers to kill all the small species of birds and he sent his second in command Traska to murder Kirrick. The little robin asks the wise owl Tomar what to do about the genocide being practiced on the small avians; the wise owl has a plan to stop the magpies from killing their little brethren.--- Kirrick is sent to Darreal, the leader of the Falcons, Storne of the Eagles and Kraken of the Seabirds to gather their brethren to help them fight the magpie. During his journey, Traska, Kirric¿s second-in-command enlists the aids of the magpies to help him find Kirrick but along the way the robin finds allies who help him out with the evil, sadistic magpie. After the war is over in Birddom, a new one breaks out in Wingland with Traska and his new allies trying to take Slyekin¿s place as leader of the magpies who must fight his son brought up to hate him.--- Cross Watership Down with Jonathan Livingston Seagull and readers will have some idea what the allegorical ONE FOR SORROW TWO FOR JOY is like. For such a little bird Kirrick has a big heart because he risks his life several times to find allies for his cause. With just one book, Clive Woodall established himself as a budding superstar telling a symbolic morality tale of courage.--- Harriet Klausner