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Ring of Bright Water: A Trilogy by Gavin Maxwellby Gavin Maxwell
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Gavin Maxwell was befriended by an otter during a trip to the Iraqi marshes. Mij, as he was named by Maxwell, was brought to London where he resided in Maxwell's residence for a short period before the pair moved to an isolated property in the Scottish Highlands. This volume includes most of Ring of Bright Water and also the parts of Maxwell's subsequent books The Rocks Remain and Raven Seek Thy Brother, which continue the story of the author and the otters in Scotland. This work records Maxwell's experiences with and passion for wildlife as well as provides a fascinating portrait of a passionate and eccentric man. Many of the author's charming line drawings and black and white photographs illustrate the book. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This volume weaves together the Scottish otter stories from Gavin Maxwell's three non-fiction books, Ring of Bright Water (1960), The Rocks Remain (1963), and Raven Meet Thy Brother (1969). Maxwell was both an extraordinarily evocative writer and a highly unusual man. While touring the Iraqi marshes, he was captivated by an otter and became a devoted advocate of and spokesman for the species. He moved to a remote house in the Scottish highlands, co-habiting there with three otters and living an idyllic and isolated life at least for a while. Fate, fame, and fire conspired against this paradise, and it, too, came to an end, though the journey was filled with incident and wonder.
Maxwell was also talented as an artist, and his sinuous line drawings of these amphibious and engaging creatures, and the homes they occupied, illustrate his story. This book stands as a lasting tribute to a man, his work, and his passion.
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