Marguerite Poland Reveals a Fascination with Bird Mythology in Taken Captive by Birds
In an interview with Country Life Magazine, Marguerite Poland explains that the bird mythology woven into her childhood memoir, Taken Captive by Birds, builds on her understanding of the Zulu and Xhosa cultures, which she wrote about in her previous book, The Abundant Herds.
Taken Captive by Birds is no ordinary bird book. In fact, author Marguerite Poland jokes that her greatest fear is someone buying her memoir as a Christmas present, expecting it to be a straightforward Roberts or Sasol Birds reference book.
That’s not to say that a reader wouldn’t be the richer for receiving it. On the surface, the book is a nostalgic treat for anyone who loves nature and birds. It’s a memoir with eighteen chapters, each vignette focusing on a specific bird and the childhood memories the bird evokes for the author.