On ‘The Chicken Chronicles’ by Alice Walker

The Chicken Chronicles by Alice Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I found this book at a tiny little indie bookshop in the Cabanyal neighbourhood of Valencia when we were on holiday last December and January, which seems like a lifetime ago now. I bought this book because it was written by Alice Walker, one of my favourite writers, and because I’d never heard of the book before. It wasn’t until I started reading it that I realised it was a memoir. Despite the title, I didn’t really expect it to be about real-life chickens. Truthfully, I honestly love that she writes about her chickens, creatures I did not know she tended or owned.

This a a delightful little read. Given the weight of this very heavily burdened world, Walker offered me a brief and welcome respite from those burdens in her musings on chickens. Some of those musings are rather weird for me or somewhat silly. But, the simplicity of sitting with chickens and watching and meditating on their actions and movements is incredibly appealing to me at the moment. This book is like a very long letter or series of letters to her chickens, and that’s quite sweet in a world filled with too much sourness.

I envy her, and her chickens. And, now, I rather want my own chickens to tend and watch.

If like me, you need an escape from all that troubles you, this little book might just satisfy you. It did me.

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One thought on “On ‘The Chicken Chronicles’ by Alice Walker

  1. Ah yes, the beloved chicken, we are with 11 hens and one Rooster, Gregory Peck is he. I shall find this book and read it. I have days, weather permitting of course, that I pull up a chair, and just observe. Their social network and status in the flock are so unique to watch, there is much I learn each day I truly observe. As for Gregory Peck, named in a contest some blogs ago, he is the girl’s protector, finder of food, and some unmentionable things that we shall not talk about. I must keep my “G” rating. Thank you for sharing.

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