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Der alte Jim Kennoway hat seine Frau verloren und mit ihr den Willen zu leben nun wohnt er zurückgezogen auf einer Insel vor der Küste Maines Der einst anerkannte Ornithologe hat inzwischen nur noch drei Dinge im Sinn trinken rauchen und vergessen Doch mitten im Sommer taucht ein ungewöhnliches Mädchen bei ihm auf Cadillac Baketi eine junge Salomonerin hoch aufgeschossen schlau und erfrischend unverblümt ist die Tochter von Tosca – gemeinsam mit ihm als Inselscout hatte Jim 1943 während des Pazifikkrieg. The Bird Skinner is a novel about a man at the end of his life when regrets and limitations have begun to take over his days Jim Carroway the protagonist was an ornithologist who collected specimens by shooting and skinning them worked at a natural history museum and served as a Naval officer in the South Pacific during World War II After losing a leg to a bad infection he has holed up at his family s summer home in Maine spending his days smoking drinking and feeling crabby Even his good deeds seem determined to come back to haunt him his solitude is disrupted by the arrival of Cadillac the daughter of a friend he made in the Solomon Islands during the warThe novel is exuisitely written with a strong sense of place the beach in Maine the jungles of Micronesia and an affinity for nature The well done bird illustrations are also a plus I also give it high marks for realism The character of Jim Carroway especially was 100% believable so similar to people I ve actually known who fought in the Pacific and never really got their lives together afterwards that the portrayal was almost uncannyMy only criticism was that the narration seemed a bit disjointed jumping from one point of view or place in time to another mostly told in the present tense Maybe because the story swung back and forth from the 1940s to the 1970s the author s choice of tense made me tense as a reader sorry I couldn t resist Other than that I was uite impressed by this novel I received a free ARC of this novel as a First Reads Giveaway My opinion as always is 100% my own

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S japanische Schiffe ausgespäht Jetzt dreißig Jahre später schickt ihm Tosca seine Tochter denn sie soll sich an das Leben in Amerika gewöhnen bevor sie im Herbst ihr Medizinstudium in Yale beginnt Jim ist bedient er kann keinen Besuch gebrauchen – und schon gar keinen der Erinnerungen an den Krieg seine Jugend und seine große Liebe heraufbeschwört Möglicherweise aber ist Cadillac genau die Richtige um ihm dabei zu helfen seinen Frieden mit einem düsteren Kapitel seiner Vergangenheit zu machenIn einer. There were parts I loved and parts that dragged

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An Bildern reichen intensiven Sprache erzählt Alice Greenway die Geschichte eines Mannes den das Schicksal im Lauf seines Lebens immer aufs Neue herausgefordert hat Die sommerliche Küstenlandschaft Maines und die Wildheit des Südpazifiks bilden die Kulisse für diesen bewegenden Roman in dem Erinnerungen an eine dunkle Vergangenheit auf irritierend schöne Weise eingebettet sind in Beschreibungen einer Natur die ein Versprechen von Glück und Verheißung in sich trägt – und weder Gewalt noch Krieg duldet. I might never have heard of Alice Greenway if it weren t for my practice of being in multiple reading groups The leader of one of those groups brought Ms Greenway in to do a reading from her first book White Ghost Girls in 2006 I immediately bought and read the book and had that wonderful feeling I get when I find a new author to loveI ve had to wait eight years for the second novel probably worth the wait because there is not a shred of sopho slump in The Bird Skinner While the first novel was essentially about teenage sisters this one is about an old broken curmudgeon at the end of his lifeAlice Greenway is a tragedian of the first order She sees into the minutely individual ways a human being can suffer It takes an old soul to understand that to live is to suffer a Buddhist concept as well as to comprehend that a person may come to terms with loss and with his own shortcomings but not necessarily recover from themJim Carroway has suffered great losses in every decade of his life while also following his consuming passion for ornithology whenever his life permitted even at times when he should have been taking care with that life His most recent loss is the leg that has been amputated for what reason we never learn He retreats to the family house on an island off the coast of Maine where he spent summers as a child determined to drink and smoke himself to deathSounds awful I know And it is The novel is a study of a man whose life changing incidents all left him with post traumatic stress serial PTSD If he hadn t been the tough and nasty character he became he would never have survived for as long as he didWhen it came to studying birds he was fearless ultra competent and driven A Darwin An Edward O Wilson When it came to human interaction he was found lacking Because the novel follows the form of a person looking back over his life the whole story comes to light in the patchy uneven way that memory works Every scene of suffering is leavened with exuisite writing about the natural world as well as the moments of grace Jim finds The reader is made to care about this most graceless of men and to hope for his recoveryThe wonder is that even as various fine people come to Jim on his island and help him in various ways even as he seems to find his soul again even as we are seduced into hope the author keeps from us what will come about in the end though she has Jim telling us all along where he is headedI have a little pile of books called How did shehe do it Books I will reread or have reread to discover the answer This one goes on that pile


10 thoughts on “The Bird Skinner

  1. says:

    For any reader who revels in confident lyrical prose – rich in detail with meticulously chosen words – Alice Greenway’s book will enchantThe storyline focuses on the elderly and irascible ornithologist Jim Kennoway who

  2. says:

    Jim Kennoway an ornithologist is a cantankerous old man living by himself on an island off the coast of Maine His solitude is interrupted by the arrival of the upbeat Cadillac from the Solomon Islands visiting before she heads off to medical school She is the daughter of a man who acted as a scout with Jim when he worked in Naval Intelligen

  3. says:

    The Bird Skinner is a novel about a man at the end of his life when regrets and limitations have begun to take over his days

  4. says:

    This story takes place on various islands the islands off the east coast; islands off the coast of Georgia; and the islands of the Pacific Jim

  5. says:

    The Solomon Islands meets coastal Maine in this intricate novel about an aging ornithologist’s problematic past The novel

  6. says:

    There were parts I loved and parts that dragged

  7. says:

    I might never have heard of Alice Greenway if it weren't for my practice of being in multiple reading groups The leader of one of those groups brought Ms Greenway in to do a reading from her first book White Ghost Girls in 2006 I immediately bought and read the book and had that wonderful feeling I get when I find a new

  8. says:

    What can I say? I am surprised at how high everyone else rated this book so maybe my thoughts are totally out in left field but I didnt enjoy this book AT ALL The characters were poorly introduced and I felt like maybe th

  9. says:

    This gem of an historical fiction novel provides an interesting read about bird skinning and World War II in the Pacific islands The protagonist is an acerbic angry WWII vet who is also a renowned bird skinner The novel takes place in the summer of 1973 on an island off the coast of Maine Jim Carroway is back at his family’s summer cottage to live the rest of his life In the beginning he admits to himself that he is stuck he’d been stu

  10. says:

    Cantankerous ornithologist Jim Kennoway whose leg was recently amputated retreats to an island off the coast of Maine and just wants to be left alone Instinctively the reader knows there is much to Jim’s orneriness than meets the eye as the elegiac language is often betrayed by restrained humanity In this story it is the arrival of Cadil