Solomon, the legend goes, had a magic ring which enabled him to speak to the animals in their own language. Konrad Lorenz was gifted with a similar power of understanding the animal world. He was that rare beast, a brilliant scientist who could write (and indeed draw) beautifully. He did more than any other person to establish and popularize the study of how animals behave, receiving a Nobel Prize for his work. King Solomon's Ring, the book which brought him worldwide recognition, is a delightful treasury of observations and insights into the lives of all sorts of creatures, from jackdaws and water-shrews to dogs, cats and even wolves. This book is a wonderfully written introduction to the world of our furred and feathered friends, a world which often provides an uncanny resemblance to our own.
"As a writer (Lorenz) is endowed with a fine sense of humor, a quality too frequently missing in the writing of scientists, and he writes of his long and intimate association with the birds and beasts with charm, lightness and a felicity of style that carry the reader along with sustained and fascinated attention."
The New York Times
"Dr. Lorenz has been known for many years as one of the foremost authorities in the study of animal behaviour. He has worked on almost all groups of animals, but his name is particularly associated with research in the behaviour of waterfowl. He has now made available in English the most readable popular account of some of the projects of which he has been engaged over the past 30 years."
Times Literary Supplement
"A thorougly delightful and charming book about animal behavior – and human behavior, too."
"No brief review can convey the quality of this book nor the character of its author. One can only ask for more."