The Book of Nightingales

Short monograph on the role of nightingales in western culture.

by Richard Mabey.

Short monograph on the role of nightingales in western culture.

The Book of Nightingales

The Book of Nightingales is a strange, yet entertaining book dealing with the nightingale in western culture - especially poetry. Interspersed with his cultural analyses are Mabey's personal reminiscences of encounters with these drab yet remarkable birds.

Living outside the nightingale's natural (and declining) British range, I have never had the fortune to hear a nightingale in the flesh. This book made it abundantly clear that my life is the poorer for this.


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