Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The author tells us that the 'terms were recorded because they formed part of the education of the nobility'. The sources for some collective nouns are obvious, but a lot of them were unknown to me, and very interesting. Rodney Williams's disappearance seems typical to Chief Inspector Wexford -- a simple case of a man running off with a woman other than his wife. Refresh and try again. Another point about this particular book is...these are older descriptions from medieval times with more current ones added in places. It was 1982. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Most of the collectives were assigned by hunters to their prey. This is what I call one of Rendell's Wexford 'shockers' where our cultured but comfortable country detective is dealing with particularly controversial subjects - in this case, bigamy and incest among others! Welcome back. I'm actually looking forward to more books of this sort as they fill me with heaps of unnecessary knowledge! I just love Ruth Rendell. ... An Unkindness of Ravens. She stopped buying them not long after returning home, after discovering Lucas and Lindsey were engaged. But have you ever stopped to wonder where these peculiar terms actually came from? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. An Unkindness of Ravens. But things keeps changing as frequently as the English weather and in the hands of Rendell one certainly want to stick around till the sun comes out to see just what actually happened. by Michael O'Mara Books Ltd. The Unkindness Of Ravens Book By Lucas Scott -- bltlly.com/14bp3y It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. A group of Ravens can have three different names depending on the activity of the group; a constable, an unkindness, or a conspiracy. The book rings with human cruelty. This book was written as a follow-up to Lucas's first novel, An Unkindness of Ravens. It's short and sweet, both in the number of collective nouns listed, and in its concise recount of the history of their origins. It includes a useful introduction to collective nouns in general, explaining how (as a group) they came into being as terms of venery, that is of hunting, particularly as practised by the aristocratic classes. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Rendell has few equals when it comes to this sort of storytelling. Generally speaking, the story holds together, though one alibi has to be explained away in an unpersuasive way. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Rendell tells another complex tale brilliantly, Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2016. Really interesting and informative, recommend to etymologists and animal lovers especially. Look sharp and keep them all straight, and you will be rewarded with a satisfying read. I have read this book before, but the story kept me interested, so I decided to get on on my kindle. In some ways, it's an educational peek at feminism in other ways, it's just a good puzzle with a cast of less-than-lovable characters. The two stories link up eventually and the first time I read the book, I was unprepared for the ending. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the U.K from 1979 to 1990. All little techniques she uses. A bit uninspired and "James Lipton came up with something a bit jolly for no apparent reason" got a bit tiresome after a while, http://www.mombooks.com/books/an-unkindness-of-ravens-9781782433088/, Karen M. McManus Delves into Dark Family Legacies with 'The Cousins'. I suspect this is largely due to its prevalent subject matter of militant feminism which was very much in its heyday at the time. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. I also massively appreciated the backstory of entries such as "a fighting of beggars," and "a herd of harlots," which criticised olden (and modern) attitudes towards groups of people which many deem somehow inferior. Of course, most of the ones you'd expect have their etymology explored (apart from a flamboyance of flamingoes), together with some surprising obscurities from Middle England. This is not wholly surprising of course - it was written in the early eighties, but I felt it hadn't aged as well as even some of the older Wexford novels. Who knew that the collective noun for monks was an abominable sight of monks? It is one of those fun useless trivia books to impress people at parties I suppose. Fans of the Burden family (Jenny’s role in particular) will enjoy “Ravens” immensely. It's a clever title that makes perfect sense in the end when Wexford unpicks the tangled web and reveals all. Mainly a curiosity or coffee table piece as it's essentially a niche reference book. A fun little read. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 31, 2013. She wrote under a number of pseudonym but her Wexford\Burden series are certainly the most well known. Ruth Rules Here. Apparently these collective nouns were first written to distinguish the upperborn from the lower class (showing a sense of education) so they. Believe it or not, this is only the second Ruth Rendell book I've ever read - the first being 'Road Rage'. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. I ended up reading this entire book over a couple of casual stops at Waterstone's and bought it afterwards (it would have been unfair not to). It's impossible for me to comment on this book without risking spoilers, but I will try to be discreet. And what makes lions so proud? Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. During the years between her separation from Lucas and her return to Tree Hill, Peyton Sawyer bought a copy of the book everytime she saw it. The title comes from the collective name given to ravens - an unkindness of ravens. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. It was also informative in unexpected ways and I learned quite a few oddments but the book was full of death. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 24, 2015. A politically active group of feminists (some more active than others!! An interesting, informative and, in parts, amusing book. I just saw it on the library shelf and thought "why not?" Another great novel from this author she never disappoints me ,I am a great Wexford fan and I always love reading Rendell when it is a Wexford mystery . Re-reading 'Unkindness' it struck me how dated it seemed. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. A Kindle of collective noun books perhaps? We’d love your help. Summary: Peyton reads Lucas's book, while waiting for him to wake up. )wear t-shirts with a picure of a raven's head on them. To see what your friends thought of this book, An Unkindness of Ravens: A Book of Collective Nouns. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published The author delves into the history behind each of the terms, which largely originated in … Please try again. I just saw it on the library shelf and thought "why not?" Most of those found in this book have their origins in the Medieval Books of Courtesy, among the earliest works to be published in this country. A really fun and interesting book. It is a bit too short for me, as someone with a voracity for linguistic oddities, but it merits a 5-star rating because it fulfilled its intended/advertised purpose, and added a little extra in the form of societal alertness. Collective nouns are one of the most charming oddities of the English language, often with seemingly bizarre connections to the groups they identify. It's a short book detailing some of the collective nouns we use to describe people, places, and things - some are well-known like a "Pride of Lions" and others lesser known like "A zeal of zebras." I bought this book expecting it to be amusing and it was somewhat. I believe the former PM is responsible for the downward spiral of feminism and badges. All these beautiful animals were hunted for sport or for food in huge numbers. ... My Name is Lucas Scott, I'm a senior at Tree Hill High School. Unable to add item to List. I love it but sometimes it distracts my attention. I thought the plot was well thought out, with various red herrings thrown in to distract the reader from foreseeing the denouement. The first person Lucas presented a copy of his book to was classmate Glenda Farrell, followed Lucas's novel was followed by a second, The Comet. Rendell is one of the acknowledged queens of the genre. This is a good exemplar of the series. Most of those found in this book have their origins in t. Why are geese in a gaggle? Well, here’s a concept that you don’t see very often – An Unkindness of Ravens is a book of collective nouns, like ‘a gaggle of geese‘ or ‘a pride of lions‘, and it makes for pretty fascinating reading. It is one of those fun useless trivia books to impress people at parties I suppose.