Re: RARA-AVIS: Raccoons (and Noir Otters)

From: Mark R. Harris (
Date: 08 Nov 2007

Gavin Maxwell's Ring of Bright Water is a classic of the wild pet genre, and was followed by three sequels, two by Maxwell, The Rocks Remain and Raven Seek Thy Brother, and one by John Lister-Kaye, The White Island. The two Maxwell sequels are dark and tragic (not at all "enchanting" as Ring of Bright Water is often described) and underline the unpredictability of wild animals that I referred to in an earlier post -- indeed the danger and foolhardiness of believing that they can be like domestic pets. If there is such a thing as wild animal pet memoir noir, The Rocks Remain in particular is it. Not recommended for animal lovers who are bummed out or borderline depressive.

Mark Harris

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