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The Running Sky ❃ [EPUB] ✻ The Running Sky By Tim Dee ➜ – The Running Sky records a lifetime of looking at birds Begining in summer with clouds of breeding seabirds in Shetland and ending with crepuscular nightjars like giant moths in the heart of England Ti The Running Sky records a lifetime of looking at birds Begining in summer with clouds of breeding seabirds in Shetland and ending with crepuscular nightjars like giant moths in the heart of England Tim Dee maps his own observations and encounters over four decades of tracking birds across the globe He tells of near global birds like sparrows starlings and ravens and exotic species like electrically coloured hummingbirds in California The Running Kindle - and bee eaters and broadbills in Africa In doing so he brilliantly restores us to the primacy of looking the thrill of watching and takes us outside again and again to stand with or without binoculars under the storm of life over our heads and to marvel once at what is flying about us.

10 thoughts on “The Running Sky

  1. Hugh Hugh says:

    This was a present that I feel hopelessly unualified to review Dee has spent half a century watching and listening to birds in Britain and around the world He clearly has a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to share but my experience of the subject is so limited that much of it went over my head almost literally and I was left sympathising with his son's comically wilful ornithological ignorance I was able to appreciate the uality of the writing the range and arrangement of the subject matter and the many poets uoted but I must admit that for me it was a bit of a struggle to read No criticism of the book the writer or the subject intended

  2. Fiona Fiona says:

    If you enjoy Kathleen Jamie's writing you'll enjoy this It leaves you with the same inner calm Tim Dee writes beautifully and poetically This is not a book to read cover to cover It's a book to dip into when you're in the right mood

  3. R.B. Lemberg R.B. Lemberg says:

    I am a huge fan of lyrical prose I read it and I write it I also love birds As lyrical prose goes this book is astounding and the observations of nature are interesting However I wanted there to be of a narrative arc I wanted this book to be a whole bird rather than a cloud of free floating feathersStill keeping this book planning to reread and will pick up the author's next

  4. K LF K LF says:

    Read slowly so detailed so poetic worth savouringA super read about the seasons longing growing up and the beautiful melancholy of life worth reading even for those who aren't nature lovers

  5. Drew Pyke Drew Pyke says:

    I wish I could give 25 stars There are real benefits to reading this book by learning new things about birds you know of like how robins use ant acid to rid themselves of lice and about birds you never see plainly in the UK like the woodcock and nightjar There is a really worrying chapter January where he visits a major in Africa describing the industrial scale genocide of birds which he undertakes in pursuit of scientific study In a separate chapter he also glorifies the taking of eggs egg collecting was a natural expression of curiosity This makes the author seem like a stamp collector rather than a lover of birds Plus his personal story is very dull saw someone fall off a cliff and his dad drank a bit too much and comes across way too pretentious with the use of lofty references to Greek mythology He also claims Keats Ode to a Nightingale is a detailed study of the bird song I can't find any reference to it in the poem He also slanders Gibraltar as a sub human species whilst glorifying Africa like a true rah rah imperialistThe best chapter for me was where he explains that birdwatching shouldn't be a scientific exercise but for the enjoyment of it using John Buxton as his argument who wrote about Redstarts whilst in POW captivity without a notepad to observe them for a long period of timeWhilst a good book to learn about bird species it is just unfortunate the author comes across as unlikeable

  6. Bookhuw Bookhuw says:

    Dee has some thought provoking reflections to offer in this book the chapter on the Bristol Gorge is especially melancholic but this is far too flowery descending into overly poetic exaltations which I found rather alienating Some of the digressions are just plain bewildering was a four page list of times he has seen heard or merely thought about Starlings really necessary?

  7. Ruth Brumby Ruth Brumby says:

    Memories of a a life of birdwatching of various species in various places are well combined into a structure that goes through the year as well as through his life There are interesting literary references as he eventually realised that both aspects of life were important to him covering older poetry as well as contemporary 'nature' writers

  8. Heather Heather says:

    I really loved this book a great combination of ornithology and reflective writing The extracts about redstarts were gorgeous A special book I won’t forget

  9. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I found this book rather difficult to get into and feared for a while that however beautiful the nature writing in detail I would ultimately be underwhelmed by the whole It didn't help that this was a beautiful new edition of the book with a gorgeous turuoise cover and very appropriate detailed starling all beautifully proportioned but slightly suatter than a normal paperback with not enough margin and a real effort to keep open enough to read So I wrestled with it in several waysBut in the end I liked this book much better than Dee's later Four Fields More explicitly autobiographical it moves through a year month by month starting at June It wasn't until November that I knew he had really got me there in Bristol at the Avon Gorge doing his paper round over the Clifton Suspension Bridge There seem to be a lot of these bird watching or naturalist literary types about able seemingly to pull a bird ID or a uotation from their minds with eual ease In the wrong mood it could irritate as could the distinct and chronic at best dysthymia There is a great deal of morbidity in this book gloom but also the detached interest in death His description of a young son 'wearing' a dead gannet he has found on the beach was particularly good It's still all a bit random but deftly handled and not bent out of shape in an attempt to make it fit some kind of theme

  10. Paulfozz Paulfozz says:

    Although perhaps containing a little too much exposition of poetry than of Tim's birdwatching life for my taste this nevertheless is a very good read with an interesting mixture of evocation and plain spoken account It assembles events from Tim's birding life into a month by month chronicle with many passages that I found uite emotional to read It's clear that Tim has as much love for language as for birds the style reminds me a little of Richard Mabey who also flits between discussion of the natural world and language

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