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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir | Chris Packham
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Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn't do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I'd climbed through a hole in heaven's fence. An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham only felt himself in the fields and woods around his suburban home. But when he stole a young Kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love, and that would change him forever. In his rich, lyrical and emotionally exposing memoir, Chris brings to life his childhood in the 70s, from his bedroom bursting with fox skulls, birds' eggs and sweaty jam jars, to his feral adventures. But pervading his story is the search for freedom, meaning and acceptance in a world that didnt understand him. Beautifully wrought, this coming-of-age memoir will be unlike any you've ever read.
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Debblyliz
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Gorgeous poetic prose, a book with is both beautiful and heartbreakingly honest and sad. Loved!

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led567
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(...continued) for liking nature or being slightly ‘different‘ will get this, even if not the boiling down of animals‘ heads! I think parents of children with Asperger‘s might find it helpful. In many ways it‘s a brave book.

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led567
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I listened to the audiobook, read by the author, and hearing it in his voice (and knowing who he is from TV) made a difference. I admit I used to find him annoying (smug) but now I know about his Asperger‘s and saw a documentary about him feel empathy, and listening to this book even more so. There are some lovely lyrical passages and searing honesty, without affectation. Those of us who even in a comparatively mild way were bullied for liking

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kathedron
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I don't care for cool: I prefer peculiar fervour. Chris's experiences with birds (especially his darling kestrel) and beasts are incandescent but it is not a "nice" nature book. There's heaps of death and suffering, from innumerable invertebrates in jam jars to therapy sessions following a suicide attempt. Stylistically, the timeline jumps around and he often goes into adjectival overdrive, which is exhilarating at first but becomes exhausting.?

kathedron It's a troubled and, for several reasons, troubling book. I'm still not sure if I liked it, exactly, but I won't forget it. 1y
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Well, check you, tiny plastic dimetrodon!
(I love this chapter heading so much!)

RachelO Aw. How is it? 1y
kathedron @RachelO It's good, but not an easy read, in terms of both subject and style. 1y
RachelO Ta. I'm kind of curious, but not sure if I'm curious enough to actually read it. I'll keep an eye out for your review! 1y
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MrBook And pic 😎👌🏻. 3y
LeahBergen This one sounds great! I've yet to crack The Luminaries; have you? 3y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen I haven't either! Want to. I should've titled this my pile of unread blue books, truth be told. LOL 3y
Bibliogeekery Beautiful shot! 3y
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Angelala007 In-effing-credible title. Where is this sparkle jar and why aren't my fingers in it? 😜 3y
shawnmooney @Angelala007 You and me both, girlfriend! Shall we read it together and discuss it on Litsy later this year? I'm very intrigued. 3y
Angelala007 Yes sir! When do you plan to read it? 3y
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shawnmooney @Angelala007 I will coordinate it with you. No earlier than September. How about you? 3y
Angelala007 That works for me. I'm in no rush. Keep it on the back burner. 3y
shawnmooney The timing may be on the back burner but @Angelala007 is always on the front burner! Can't wait! And i totally need to get my hands on this exact edition! 3y
shawnmooney Oh, and @Angelala007 if you're interested in reading and discussing a Finnish novel in translation, Datura by Leena Krohn, with a small group of Litsyites in August please let me know on that book's page! 3y
Angelala007 Sweet talker you @shawnmooney ! I'm gonna mosey on over to the Datura page now. 3y
Soubhiville This sounds amazing! A must read! 3y
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