Cages
Book Topics
Birds
Birdsong
Animal behavior
Laboratory ethics
Scientific experimentation
Animal testing
PETA
ALF
memory research
Neuroscience
literary fiction
science based novel
Scorpion's Tail
Zapatista
Chiapas rebellion
Franz Goller
Ornithology
The Conference of Birds
Theodore A. Parker III
Dr. David Rosenfield
B.F. Skinner
Engrams
Steven Pinker
Konrad Lorenz
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Cages : A Novel

CAGES is a haunting and revealing novel that concerns the ethics and motives of scientific inquiry in which two neurologists are engaged in divergent quests: one to locate the source of memory and the other to study speech patterns in humans by analyzing and manipulating bird vocalization. Both men use experiments on live songbirds in a laboratory on a university campus, and both become romantically intertwined with a woman lab assistant who takes issue with their methods, and argues for the "agency" of all living things. Overshadowing this trio are significant figures from their individual pasts-a distant mother, a former girlfriend, a best friend and ornithological expert who dies tragically while conducting field research in the Amazon, and a mentor turned lover and nemesis, and the memories that haunt these characters' lives. This is a subtly layered novel rich in natural description and sense of place that grapples with serious philosophical and moral themes as it in turn delves into the minds of the characters, who, while driven by their passion for discovery, at the same time must confront the emotional truths in their own lives in order to be released from their own, individual cages.
Book Topics
Birds
Birdsong
Animal behavior
Laboratory ethics
Scientific experimentation
Animal testing
PETA
ALF
memory research
Neuroscience
literary fiction
science based novel
Scorpion's Tail
Zapatista
Chiapas rebellion
Franz Goller
Ornithology
The Conference of Birds
Theodore A. Parker III
Dr. David Rosenfield
B.F. Skinner
Engrams
Steven Pinker
Konrad Lorenz

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