Last of the Curlews

Last of the Curlews

Paperback - 1963 (1991 rinting)
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The Eskimo curlew, which once made its migration from Patagonia to the Arctic in flocks so dense that they darkened the sky, was brought to the verge of extinction by the wanton slaughter of game-hunters.

Following the doomed search of a solitary curlew for a female of its kind, Fred Bodsworth's novel is a haunting indictment of man's destruction of the natural world.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : McClelland and Stewart, c1963 (1991 printing).
ISBN: 9780771098741
Characteristics: 132 pages :,illustrations ;,18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shortt, T. M. - Illustrator


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May 07, 2017

Published in 1955, Last of the Curlews tells the inspiring but heartrending story about the extinction of a species that resonates today. Alternately exhilarating and depressing, the narrative switches between the fictional travels of the last male curlew and actual historical accounts that describe the wholesale slaughter and rapid decline in the massive curlew flocks that migrated between the Canadian Arctic and South America. Vivid poetic prose describes the curlew’s search for a mate, its migration south over the Atlantic Ocean, and its return north over Central America and the Great Plains. The author mostly avoids anthropomorphizing the bird’s thoughts and actions in favour of a more realistic portrayal of a animal driven by instinct and enabled by its formidable physical capabilities. This is an emotionally moving book that reminds us of the power of a story to make us care about a majestic shore bird while communicating a message about the fragility of our natural world. A Canadian classic, Last of the Curlews should be more widely read and its message heeded.


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"The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living beings breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again." - The Bird: Its Form and Function, by C. William Beebe.

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