Though people generally do not think of them in such terms, crows are remarkably graceful: from the tip of a crow’s beak to the end of its tail is a single curve, which changes rhythmically as the crow turns its head or bends toward the ground. Foraging on their long, powerful legs, crows appear to glide over the earth; they take flight almost without effort, flapping their wings easily, ascending into the air like spirits.
This classic Reaktion title, now available in B-format, is a survey of crows, ravens, magpies and their relatives in myth, literature and life. It ranges from the raven sent out by Noah to the corvid deities of the Eskimo, to Taoist legends, Victorian novels and contemporary films. It will be of interest to anyone who has ever been intrigued, puzzled, annoyed or charmed by these wonderfully intelligent birds.
Written by Boria Sax, Published by Reaktion Books, UK, 2017.
Paperback, 184 pages, 127 illustrations
Boria Sax is lecturer in literature in the graduate program at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, as well as at Sing Sing and Taconic Prisons. He has published fifteen books which have been translated into many languages. His titles include City of Ravens: The Extraordinary History of London, its Tower and its Famous Ravens (2012), Imaginary Animals (Reaktion, 2013), Lizard (Reaktion, 2017) and Dinomania: Why We Love, Fear and Are Utterly Enchanted by Dinosaurs (Reaktion, 2018).