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10 thoughts on “The Crocodile Bird

  1. says:

    101 Nights Stories told to a boyfriend by that small bird who picks the teeth of a crocodile and remains unhurt How did it all begin how did it get so far Having a mother who is Oxford schooled but now mysteriously is the warden of an old manor in a remote UK setting, a manor that further is only occasionally visited by its is owner, did give now 16 year old Liza childhood experiences few others would have had Being home schooled she reads Latin and French and recites Shakespeare by heart from an early age, but have never seen a television set She has never played with other children, never ridden a train or have seen a newspaper.Liza is living a back to the nature life with her mother Eve, protected from the outside world in nearly all aspects Living by the land, eating healthy and have no real worries.But something must have happened, something sinister, or Eve has a feeling, a premonition, that something is about to go terribly wrong.From the late afternoon till around nine o clock Eve contemplates the future of her daughter The decision she gets to is fairly easy, Liza has to go, leave the only place she knows, to be cast into a modern, a fast moving 90 es world in which she has very little experience She must go now or latest in the early morning before the police return And so it all begins The story of two women, one in her thirties and one in her teens, told by a teenage girl Two women that in some areas are so strong that nothing would break them and in others have lost grip totally A story of loss, deceit, half promises and not least of how to build and how to keep a safe haven for yourself and the one you love It makes no sense to overanalyze, everything is there for your taking, if not exactly served on a silver platter There are so many it could have happened scenes and scenes you can recognize from reports from Family Services.Ruth Rendell portrays the women expertly, her reputation for psychological thrillers is absolutely deserved A book that made me breath a bit harder and a couple of times wet my eyes, certainly a much deeper reading experience than I expected.


  2. says:

    I found this to be a compelling read presented in multiple time frames but all told by a young girl finding her way into the world after what can only be described as a bizarre upbringing it would have been easy to take these elements and create a confusing and unreadable narrative, but Rendell s masterful hand kept my confusion within acceptable levels, always making me want to read plus, the ending was touching


  3. says:

    One of Rendell s finest works, combining the right mix of thrills with atmosphere The story, set in rural England, tells the tale of a young girl whose mother has severely sheltered her from all aspects of the world She does not associate with young people her age, she does not go to school, she rarely accompanies her mother into town for shopping, etc When her mother gets arrested, she is forced to flee the only home and solace she has ever known She begins to slowly share her dark, mysterious story with a young man whom she loves What she reveals about her life are secrets no child should ever know about their mother Not an action packed story, but a stunning psychological thriller that will keep you turning the pages.


  4. says:

    Ruth Rendell is not your typical formula crime mystery writer i.e Create a flawed detective, male or female, doesn t matter, give him or her a side kick or a love interest or both Create an interesting backdrop Now, create a ruthless, sadistic killer, serial killers and pedophiles being in particular in high demand Now, as the bodies pile up, have your detective get beat up time or two, then kill the bad guy in a crowning scene of excessive violence and mayhem.Repeat as needed, to keep your publisher happy.However, this is not Ruth Rendell, her stories are different, her characters are different She builds quietly, she builds carefully Although, you will get caught up, you will wait and things will develop slowly, at their own pace The story will will simmer, never boil, maybe become somewhat troubling, a little sinister perhaps You may feel uncomfortable, a bit uneasy, possibly tense.Each story will be unique, it s own snowflake.But then, when you are finished, you will most likely be very glad you read her story.as before.


  5. says:

    If you ve got mother issues and, oh boy, have I got them in spades, read this book It s about a young girl who has been hidden away by the world by her crazy mum Whenever I get one of my famous Mother s Day migraines, I pick up this book and console myself that things could be worse Gloriously written, Rendell is the finest novelist of our time Period.


  6. says:

    A psychological study of a girl Lizzy growing up in a reclusive situation with her mother Eve The story opens with Lizzy being sent away from home for the first time, because police are coming to arrest her mother for murder Running to her secret boyfriend s trailer for safety, she then tells him of her secluded life and what led up to the arrest.Although the novel is not a thriller , it did keep me turning pages to read about Lizzy s life with her strange mother The writing is very good, but subtle, and the author even got me to see things from Eve s point of view There is a bit of suspense at the end involving Lizzy, and an ending that I liked A great character driven book.


  7. says:

    This book has reinforced my belief that Barbara Vine Ruth Rendell is one of the best psychological mystery writers ever Starting a Vine book is like taking the first bite of a comfort food I am sure that I will be sated, and will never be disappointed Recently, I have started listening to Barbara Vine audios because the narrators do a wonderful job with the London and village accents which make me feel I am an invisible presence out there.This would perhaps be one of my best ever books by her I just loved the main characters the odd mother and daughter duo the 37 year old Eve Becker, who is being arrested for a murder, and her 16 year old daughter Liza, who, unknowing to her is a chip off the old block Liza runs off with her boyfriend after mother s arrest as she doesnot want to live with her mother s friend who has not been very kind to her in the past.Till the arrest which occurs in the first page itself they have been leading an almost monasteric existence in a sleepy old English village, atleast 3 hours by car from London.Through their eyes we meet their landlord, who has allowed them to live at the Gate House of the Shrove house, cocooned from the deceiving outside world. and remove all thorns in their way, one after the other.Not going deeper into the story One has to read to relish its beauty.


  8. says:

    Ruth Rendell has rarely failed to please me I continue to be astounded by the multitude of psychological and social pathologies with which she endows her characters Perhaps these eccentricities are the very things which attract me to her books Eve and her daughter, Liza live in a wealthy country estate, isolated from almost an entire segment of humanity They have no TV, no bathroom and receive no newspapers The rare visitors are viewed with suspicion and even fear Mother tutors her child almost constantly in the classics, nature and languages and Liza rises to meet these challenges precociously Questions arise throughout the novel Who is the father of this girl Why does the mother maintain this seclusion How will Liza cope with the world around her as she matures Without really introducing a spoiler why is Eve driven to kill Rendell was able to maintain a high level of tension throughout this book Her descriptive passages were vividly written I frequently believed that I had figured out how this story would conclude I even developed alternate conclusions After all that, Rendell proved me wrong I am not sure that I liked this ending, but much of the tale ended pretty well wrapped and sealed Crocodile bird Pluvianus aegyptius , also called Egyptian plover,shorebird belonging to the family Glareolidae order Charadriiformes The crocodile bird is a courser that derives its name from its frequent association with the Nile crocodile, from whose hide it picks parasites for food By its cries, the bird also serves to warn crocodiles of approaching danger Encyclopedia Britannica


  9. says:

    Original, creative storytelling,from the imagination of Ruth Rendell.This was a Today s Special.Purchased it because of author.Started listening not knowingwhat the story was about I try never to read reviews orbook jackets, until after I listen.They often tell to much of the story.Narrator Jill Tanner did a nice job.Not Clean but, on the milder side.Some Foul Language.


  10. says:

    A fascinating taunt tale about a girl who lives as a recluse with her mother She struggles to come to terms with the horrifying probability that she s inherited her mother s murderous instincts.


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The Crocodile Bird download The Crocodile Bird, read online The Crocodile Bird, kindle ebook The Crocodile Bird, The Crocodile Bird c24050d2a693 A Mother And A Daughter Live Quietly In The Rustic Gatehouse Of Shrove House, An Isolated British Estate Their Life Seems Perfectly Ordinary Except That Daughter Liza Has Been Kept Isolated From The Outside World For All Of Her Sixteen Years And That She Has Seen Her Beautiful Mother Commit Murder Than Once Now, As The Police Come Searching For A Missing Man, Liza S Sheltered, Strange World Begins To Fall Apart Piece By Piece She Will Reveal Her Mother S Tale Of Betrayal, Desire, And Obsession Step By Step We Discover How Much Like Mother, Like Daughter She Is