Lambs : My Father, a Farm, and the Gift of a Flock of Sheep
by George, Carole

Comments from His Holiness the Dalai Lama1(1)
Responding to the Call
Living Out the Call
Completing the Call

Explores a time in the author's life when she and her father bought thirteen pet Karakul lambs and how the lambs helped her understand the spiritual bond between humans and animals.

All of Carole George's endeavors-whether in the practice of law or the renovation of a derelict farm-derive from her profound respect for nature and her enduring love of French piano music.

She is currently writing about the meanings we confer on material possessions, based on items she has found that belonged to Claude Debussy's daughter, Chouchou.

Carole is the author of The Lambs.

A former international lawyer tells the story of how she took over a "ratty little farm" in Virginia and became an improbable shepherdess.When George's 85-year-old father visited the 27-acre farm she had bought on a whim, he told her that she lived in "poetry country" and that her land needed sheep. Together they went to a local breeder's home where George eventually purchased 13 lambs she intended to keep as pets. The sheep were Karakuls, a Central Asian breed known for producing wool that carpet and felt makers prized for its beauty and toughness. The author named each sheep after favorite composers like Chopin, Bach, and Mozart, and from the start, she marveled at the personality differences that made each sheep unique. Over the next 13 years, George watched her life transform dramatically. Her days were centered on simpler country rhythms that included shearing, training, and feeding her Karakuls. The sheep became her constant companions on daily walks around her property and attended the occasional gatherings she held at her home. They even befriended her father, who read his favorite literary works among them. Indeed, the link between "The Lambs" and the elder George was so strong that the flock came to symbolize the author's "most valuable inheritance, the sound of my father's voice repeating the words and images of his dearly loved poetry." The Karakuls also inspired George to pick up "the thread of my literary life" that she had dropped in pursuit of a successful law career. Illustrated throughout with lovingly captioned photos, the book is not just a testament to the power of human-animal connections. It is also a tender, joyfully eccentric recollection of how a woman rediscovered what was most important to her through a singular relationship with an unforgettable flock of sheep. A heartwarmingly compassionate memoir of self-discovery among cherished animals in "a scrap of Virginia countryside." Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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