01 May 2013

Mateship With Birds ~ Carrie Tiffany

** OK **

Mateship : friendship & sexual relations
Birds : feathered variety & female variety

As Aussie as they come, the setting was well constructed.  It breathed life into a rural landscape in the 50's.  The characters were also believably written, with observations of human behaviour as accurate as Harry's observations of the birds.

There were parts I thoroughly enjoyed : Hazel's nature diary, the school dance, the field study of the birds, the development of the relationship between Harry and Betty as they tip-toe around each other testing the waters.  But I found Harry's attempts to guide Micheal's sex education heavy-handed and repellent ... as was the writing of these sections.

The ending was abrupt but I was glad to have reached the end!