Though short, this is definitely not a book to be read in one sitting. There is a grand amount of information that takes some time to appreciate, absorb and remember. It's heavy on religious symbolism and biblical references which is no surprise as one of the authors, Watkins, is an Anglican vicar. I love that the naturalist vicar, a common character in many a Victorian novel, still exists.
If you are curious about the origin of the phrase "cloud-cuckoo-land", are looking for avian poetry or are wanting to know about the surprisingly numerous instances of pelican symbolism, this is the perfect book for you.
Swans sing before they die -- 'twas no bad thingLooking to the skies for inspiration and knowledge,
Did certain persons die before they sing.
--Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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