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Owl based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
In short, this is a tedious book. The book reads merely like a catalogue of art and literature having anything to do with owls. There is little substantive discussion and no connection is made from these portrayals to the little natural history Morris presents in the second to last chapter. The natural history is a mix of actual natural history and bestiaries from much earlier times with no commentary concerning distortion or facts portrayed in these early writings. Morris seems to lack an appropriate historical criticism of the many history sources he uses to illustrate this volume. The book does not present any organizing principle and one is left wondering what the book was other than a list of artifacts. If you are in need of a catalogue, this may be a starting point. Otherwise, save your money and time; other volumes are much better.