Friday, March 8, 2013

Book Review--Enslaved By Ducks by Bob Tarte

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 innocuous enough until the bunny chewed through their electrical wiring. And that was just the beginning. Before long, Bob found himself constructing cages, buying feed, clearing duck waste, and spoon-feeding a menagerie of furry and feathery residents. His life of quiet serenity vanished, and he unwittingly became a servant to a relentlessly demanding family. "They dumbfounded him, controlled and teased him, took their share of his flesh, stole his heart" ("Kirkus Reviews").
Whether commiserating with Bob over the fate of those who are slaves to their animals or regarding his story as a cautionary tale about the rigors of animal ownership, readers on both sides of the fence have found Tarte's story of his chaotic squawking household irresistible--and irresistibly funny.

Shelly's Thoughts:
I didn't really care for this book. Though well written, the author and his wife rarely seem to consider the long term when it comes to animal care, and often times they purchase animals just because they look pretty or can speak (when it comes to birds of course). Not the worst thing I've ever read, but I certainly won't recommend it to any of my friends.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Total Length: 320 pages
Epub, Kindle, and traditional publication
Publication Date: October 1, 2004

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