The Raven­mas­ter

The Week (US) - - Arts - By Christo­pher Skaife

Christo­pher Skaife is “a born sto­ry­teller” with a one-of-a-kind job, said He­len Mac­don­ald in The At­lantic.

A guard at the Tower of Lon­don, he has long been in charge of look­ing after the 11th-cen­tury land­mark’s res­i­dent ravens, and his “be­guil­ing, fas­ci­nat­ing, and highly amus­ing” ac­count of his work wisely gives the birds cen­ter stage. With their pen­chant for games, trick­ery, and so­cial jock­ey­ing, “ravens help re­mind us that some­times we’re merely walk-ons in some­one else’s story.”

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