ENSLAVED BY DUCKS

Posted: August 6, 2013 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author: Bob Tarte

Paperback, 308 pages

Published in 2003 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Reader Category: Older

Synopsis: When Bob Tarte bought a house in rural Michigan, he was counting on a tranquil haven.  Then Bob married Linda.  She wanted a rabbit, which seemed, at the time innocuous enough.  But that was just the beginning.  Wouldn’t a parrot be cute?  Linda said.  Bob suddenly found himself constructing pens, buying feed, clearing duck waste, spoonfeeding at mealtime.  One day he realized he’d become a servant to a relentlessly demanding family, and a motley crew it was.

Writing as someone who’s been ambushed by the way in which animals, even cranky ones, can wend their way into the heart, Bob Tarte revels the truth of animal ownership – and who really owns whom.

My Review:  What can I say about Bob Tarte? The reluctant pet owner turned animal rehabilitator has a way of telling his story that is sure to hook any animal lover.  From Binky to Dusty, you will find yourself cringing at the thought of another animal, laughing at the chaos that ensues, and falling helplessly for each new family member.  I wept each loss, cheered each triumph, and occasionally thought, Wouldn’t a parrot be cute?  

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