The Conjurer's Bird

The Conjurer's Bird

Large Print - 2005
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Searching for the remains of an extinct bird that had once been in the collection of eighteenth-century naturalist Joseph Banks, Fitz, a modern-day conservationist, uncovers some of the mysteries of Banks's life.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2005
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780786285280
Branch Call Number: LPF DAV NVD
Characteristics: 544 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Jan 05, 2015

This is an interesting book set both in the present and in 1775 when Joseph Banks joined Cook's expedition and discovered a new species of bird. Only one was ever seen, captured, stuffed and returned to England where it sat on Banks' desk for years before disappearing forever. John Fitzgerald sees a painting of it done during Cook's voyage and sets out to see if he can find the specimen. The story flits back and forth with each chapter between the two time frames. I found the descriptions of the voyage, the finding of the bird and the events afterward quite engaging, as I did the first person narrative of Fitzgerald and his quest for the bird. A good read and interesting for those of us who like period pieces.

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