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An immature golden eagle is captured and brought to the London Zoo for showcase and display Creggan begins to lose his sense of freedom as the cage curls around himself cutting off access to the sky An older female eagle who's been trapped in the cages for a long time gives Creggan the strength to survive and the hope of one day escaping this man made construct


10 thoughts on “Callanish

  1. says:

    This is a book I read several times in my teens I wonder what I would think of it now as an adult?Lets see if I can get hold of a copy and I will tell youbut as I remember I found the story very unusual and fascinating Its true that the birds does have some human traits to make us symphatize with them bur there was also enough otherness about their characters that didnt make you think of them as actual humans A rare golden eaglet is captured and taken to a zoo where he befriends other birds of preyin particular a sorrpwful older female eagle who becomes his friendThe ending especially is very movingA bit sad as it seems the golden eagle no longer exist in Great Brianhttpwwwrspborgukdiscoverandenj


  2. says:

    45 starsI read this book for the first time when I was about 10 years old and I loved it back then It was a childhood favorite of mine for a very long time I was so happy to find an old copy of it on a flea market the other day I still love it it's a wonderful story


  3. says:

    An young golden eagle called Creggan is captured and brought to the London Zoo An older female eagle who's been in the zoo for a very long time gives Creggan the strength to survive and to try to escape the zoo At the same time a story is told about an older gentleman that works at this zoo He often sits and watches the bird exhibits The intertwining of their stories is great A good read if you are a bird enthusiast or even not I have never been all that interested in birds of any sort But this book along with another of his books The Stonor Eagles changed my feelings


  4. says:

    This is definitely a worthwhile book If it weren't so old and therefore the writing kind of dry almost I think it would be 5 stars As it is however I did genuinely like it and I think it's worth reading at least once


  5. says:

    Oh Mr Horwood once again you have managed to create a masterpiece of animal fantasy This book follows all the Horwood trademarks of remarkable attention to natural detail though markedly toned down from that expressed in Duncton Wood poignant thought provoking expression of universal literary themes and of course a love for the standing stones of Great Britain the mysterious and other worldly natural powers of which also feature so strongly in the Duncton booksWhile on the surface simply a short story of an eagle who finds himself imprisoned and after escaping lets himself be captured again in order to fulfill a promise of seeing his friends free this story is in reality so much than that What Horwood has done is wrap a very human story in non human characters eagles in this case It is similar to what he accomplished in the Duncton books though differs in that instead of the themes taking sort of a back seat to the story Duncton feels like an allegory in Callanish the main theme that of freedom and what it means to be free is what drives the entire story In a lot of ways Callanish is exactly what a literary story featuring animals is ‘supposed’ to look like one which uses animal characters to better express a part of the human condition And it does so beautifullyThis novel definitely does make one think about the lives of those we ‘imprison’ whether they be wild animals in a zoo definitely a form of imprisonment or pets whom we keep indoors By contrasting the plight of the eagles in the zoo with that experienced by the character Mr Wolski when he was kept in a concentration camp one is definitely forced to reflect upon the wrongness of keeping others whether human or animal in a cage or place where they do not wish to be no matter how well they might be looked after The bottom line is every living creature desires its freedom and most of us would die rather than have that taken away Just think of wild animals caught in traps and how many of them would rather chew through their own limbs than be imprisoned We all need freedom and the ability to move around as we desire even if we never take full advantage of that possibility One is not truly alive without freedom and when kept in captivity for long periods all creatures seem to have a tendency to develop odd and often neurotic behaviors in this freedom seems to be essential in keeping our mindsbrains healthy and even our bodies since one can whither away in captivityThat being said Horwood explores two very different types of freedom in the small scope of this novel There is the immediate and easily recognizable freedom of the body which Creggan accomplishes when the roof of his cage caves in and he is able to fly free and then there is the freedom of the mind the inner freedom that Creggan is unable to achieve until he goes back to his state of physical imprisonment and is able to escape again with his friends This second escape also parallels nicely with Mr Wolski’s part of the story since even though he had been living free for than thirty years at this point in the story still he is living like a prisoner with no real life and pretty much surviving day by day Creggan’s second escape and the freeing of his mindinner soul produces the same kind of effect in Mr Wolski as he suddenly finds that with the physical escape of the eagle Minch he is able to make his own ‘escape’ as it were and leave the zoo for something he finds fulfilling Callanish really is a simple story but very beautiful and well put together it packs one hell of a punch


  6. says:

    I was instantly drawn to Horwood's evocative descriptions His use of language is beautiful and flows I also liked how the fabled place of Callanish so revered by the eagles was actually an animal sanctuary However I would have preferred emphasis put on the place itself rather than the fantastical ualities it gave to the eagles who were from there I found that bit hard to accept this grand and melodramatic power that whispered in the clouds from this place to these special eagles That was my main issue with the story I did however love the way the human character of Helmut Wolski was done I empathised with him when he remembered things from his past as a Jew in a concentration camp and it felt right to compare him and his experiences and that of a caged wild animal There could almost have been a whole book from his position one I was also glad to learn about Sobibor a concentration camp that was the scene of the biggest prison escape of the Second World War I shall research that myself as takes of human escape and uprising against oppression are always intriguing


  7. says:

    This was a re read for me It probably had been about seven or eight years since I last read it and I had forgotten how amazing a read this is William Horwood has been a favourite author of mine since I was a teenager He writes stories about animals being animals incredibly well This particular one is about golden eagles and follows the journey of a captive juvenile eagle at London Zoo and at the same time follows our human main character whose path echoes some of the storylines of the eagles Of course he does anthropomorphize his animal characters to some extent but his stories hold so much love and respect for the natural world I love his descriptions of the animals and their surroundings and seeing the world through their eyes Something about the way Horwood writes makes me feel all the feels and although this is not a sad story it is powerful at least it is for me and I cried like a baby several times sometimes out of happiness Both the eagles' and the human stories broke and warmed my heart The ending is simply perfectAn absolute treasure of a short book at under 200 pages The blurp really does not do it justice


  8. says:

    After having read The Wolves of Time and Duncton Wood I stumbled over this book by HorwoodIt's different from both books mentioned before The story develops around Creggan a golden eagle who is captured and brought to London zoo There he meets Minch an old golden eagle who tells him stories of the wild and keeps his hope to get back to freedom up The reader feels with Creggan on all steps from his capture to his escape and finally his short return to the zoo Horwood is able to give an great insight into the eagle's minds lets us see some of their lore and stories Plus it is all based on some real sites the Callanish standing stones are not an imaginative place you can really see them That gives the book a better deeper insightIf you like animal stories and eagles I'd say give this nice little book a try It's worth it


  9. says:

    The second William Horwood book I have read and once again a very worthwhile read William Horwood is probably the most empathetic author I have ever come across He tackles really unusual subjects in an imaginative and insightful way The subject matter of this book are caged birds of prey The story is told from the point of view of a wild born golden eagle caged at London Zoo and there is a fascinating periphery human character too whose life in some ways parallels the caged birds I'm not going to say anything just read it


  10. says:

    Another amazing wildlife novel by William Horwood It's not as big as Duncton Wood but very entertaining nevertheless Freedom means a lot to an eagle an animal who likes to spread it's wings wide and roam free in the blue skies Caging such a creature's a real sin I can imagine what sort of a pain this big bird had to go through coz William Horwood has written this book in such a way that you'll feel that you're actually the eagle himself A great read