Books: A Poet & an Otter

RING OF BRIGHT WATER (211 pp.)—Gavin Maxwell—Duffon ($5).

Pets? Poet Gavin Maxwell, grandson of famed Natural Historian Sir Herbert Maxwell, has investigated them all: a lemur, a bush baby, a wildcat, a rail, five wild geese, a dozen tropical birds, a goat that jumped on the kitchen table, and a cow that strolled upstairs one day and almost gave birth on the landing. Otters, he proclaims in this lyric celebration of the beast he loved the best and of the wild Scottish coast they romped along together, are the greatest.

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