Haupt's book has a sprightly energy of its own and is crammed with intelligent observations about what it is like to live with a starling.
A compelling blend of natural history, biography and memoir
This is a charming book, and a nuanced one, too. Carmen herself offers a unique window on both the avian and musical worlds, and in so doing leaves us in doubt that this much-maligned species is also blessed with many charms.
A delightful book, whose pages are enlivened by the subversive presence of [Haupt's] pet starling, Carmen.