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Was Beethoven a Birdwatcher?: A Quirky Look…

Was Beethoven a Birdwatcher?: A Quirky Look at Birds in History and…

by David Turner

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This book is basically a collection of trivia about birds and birdwatchers. I kept wanting to say, 'Hey, did you know...?' However instead of being presented singly, these tidbits are combined into humourous essays. Not ROFL humour, but the king that makes you smile and feel better about the world. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Nov 23, 2017 |
This is composed of discrete chapters (Turner calls them essays) that can be dipped into at random; which I did at first before going to the beginning and reading the whole thing through.

It is quite fun, full of intriguing and often amusing facts about birds - I laughed aloud on several occasions.

My favourite essays are 'Northern Bald Ibis' and 'Bermuda Petrel' - they give one so much food for conjecture and, even, downright fantasy. ( )
  alaudacorax | Jun 8, 2017 |
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Did the Cetti's Warbler inspire the opening notes of the last movement of Beethoven's Second Symphony? Who, among a host of rivals, wrote the best poem about the nightingale? And which Bond film is named after a duck? Answering these questions and more, this book describes the history and culture of our avian friends.… (more)

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