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Owl

Owl
William Service
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1969
QL795 .B57 S4 1969

The size of a beer can, the personality of a bank president...adopted and raised by William Service, his wife and their three children; sibling rival to a dog, a cat, a turtle, and a parakeet...

This is Owl, who, orphaned as a fledgeling, fell out of his nest and into the household of a family of devoted amateur naturalists...

Watch Owl, orphaned infant, learning in the house to become an accomplished adult owl...

Owl learning to see with his immovable eyes; Owl, student flier; Owl gaining ascendancy - through sheer force of character - over the tough, shrewd household cat...

Owl, mysterious being; Owl, familiar companion; Owl discovering the third dimension; Owl working up a feud with a straw hat; Owl gliding down the stairs; Owl in the kitchen at midnight...

Owl as a test of poise in dinner guests (marching with unfaltering pace and dignity up one side of the ice cream and down the other); Owl mapping the house, perch by perch; Owl learning to hunt...

Owl making a variety of eerie, astonishing - and eventually translatable - noises; Owl being inscrutable; Owl showing affection (perhaps) in peculiarly Owlish ways...

Owl (becoming a member, an emblem, of the household) is made a living presence, and his antics are the occasion for fascinating investigations into animal behavior, in this highly original, free-form, full-scale (Owl-scale) biography...

Owl...

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