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Last of the Curlews

Last of the Curlews A solitary Eskimo curlew sets out on a last perilous migration and search for a mate The lone survivor comes to stand for the entirety of a lost species

  • Title: Last of the Curlews
  • Author: Fred Bodsworth
  • ISBN: 9781887178259
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • A solitary Eskimo curlew sets out on a last perilous migration and search for a mate The lone survivor comes to stand for the entirety of a lost species.

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    1. As I was reading this book about an extremely endangered species, the Eskimo curlew, I asked myself why those who slaughtered these birds by the thousands every year did not realize that their destructive acts could lead to the death of a species. The story is told in a matter-of-fact way, with excellent illustrations and facts about the decline of this species.The subject of the book is incredibly sad, and should serve as warning to help prevent the destruction of more species.

    2. The Eskimo Curlew once migrated in vast flocks from South America to the Arctic, it was a popular game bird for its ease in shooting and its superior numbers. Its numbers rapidly deteriorated in the late 19th century and at the time of Bodsworth's writing this novel there were years between sightings and then the bird was alone.The novel is from the perspective of a male curlew and begins with him defending a territory against other similar birds and waiting for anther of his kind to appear. Unl [...]

    3. I read this when I was around eleven years old and I am quite certain it contributed to the path my life has taken and the person I am today. It's been about 25 years and I would love to read it again.

    4. I finished this short little book last night. What a little gem. So many thoughts came to mind reading it and I learnt a lot concerning flight and the arduous life of migrating birds.The book has story chapters interspersed with updates from bird protection and scientific societies recording how this once abundant bird had been slaughtered to possible extinction in the later half of the 19th century. The art work was good but I would have liked a map showing the journey of the Eskimo Curlew and [...]

    5. This is a must read for anyone interesting in animals and conservation. But, beware, this is a big tear-jerker. Every review I've read talked about the book's anthropomorphism. I actually think the book has very little anthropomorphism and it is very realistic and down to earth. The writer doesn't even talk things like the birds being in love and barely even mentions loneliness in the writings. The fact that the male leaves his dead mate mostly because the female isn't responding and goes right [...]

    6. The Last of the Curlews had elevated itself to the top of the "soft science" list of books to be read so I devoted a couple of hours reading it along with the introduction, the epilogue and Murray Gell-Mann's afterword. Much of the arguments over the environment today focus on the bigger focus issues such as greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, mining, deforestation and similar themes. Personally the grand scale with which the planetary weather seems to cycle makes it hard to see the ult [...]

    7. I can't believe after the years I spent involved in a field naturalist club in Southern Ontario, the summers I worked in a provincial park or the term I worked for the Federation of Ontario Naturalists (now Ontario Nature) that I never heard of Fred Bodsworth or this book.I think I'd have to say it is one of the best pieces of natural heritage writing I've ever read, truly accessible and enlightening (if sad). It's easy enough for an older child to read but interesting enough to hold an adult. I [...]

    8. This is a book about the extinction of yet another species, the Eskimo Curlew bird. I thought his depiction of a lone bird and his arduous flight are very real and personal, coupled with his desire to find a mate. It is indeed a sad tale and another blight upon the race of mankind. Destruction of the earth or its species will probably go on until the end of this earth as we know it. The more we can conserve and protect its resources, will only serve to make us a better people. The book was writt [...]

    9. A fascinating, short, easy, read. Although a very sad story, it is so important for us to learn how our ravenous resource-extracting culture pillaged the once enormous population of these lovely birds driving yet another species to extinction. I knew about the passenger pigeon. It was news to me that this bird went extinct about the same time, although a few stragglers held on longer. The writing style is unusual in that it is in the third person, from the point of view of the imaginary last cur [...]

    10. Beautiful yet tragic“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 things breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again.” ― C. William Beebe

    11. It is a very quick read from the perspective of one of the last remaining eskimo curlews. Covering a single year, the book's brevity keeps things simple and memorable. I really enjoyed migrating with the curlew along every step of its remarkable migration south and north again, as the powerful extinct flyer chasing the midnight sun. The chapters are peppered with snippets from ornithological journals and historical accounts describing the once awe-inspiring abundance of the eskimo curlew and its [...]

    12. Bodsworth, Fred. 1954, 1955. Last of the curlews. Apollo edition. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. Illustrated by T.M. Short. 2nd hand store purchase, $3.Review taken from :Last of the Curlews is a novel, a fictionalized account of the life of the last Eskimo Curlew. It was written by Fred Bodsworth, a Canadian newspaper reporter and naturalist, and published in 1954.Plot introduction:The story follows the bird throughout a year during its migration to South America and return to the Canadian [...]

    13. I think this small book is a gem. The author relates the imagined life of one of the last Eskimo curlews, including physical description, habits, and migration experience. (There is some anthropomorphism.) While the author expresses the hope that the species may be hanging on by a thread, he admits that the curlew needs the large flocks to survive, and those are gone forever. Included is information on other North American species driven to extinction--Carolina parakeet, passenger pigeon. Althou [...]

    14. Loved this novella. It's a gripping fictional account of a bird's struggle to migrate and to find a mate, and it accomplishes a feat of empathy worthy of the best practitioners of the novella form. Bodsworth doesn't treat the bird as a little person with feathers and he doesn't preach about destruction of the environment. What he does do is allow us to feel for the curlew because we humans share its striving both for a sexual partner and for group affiliation. It's beautiful, sad and extremely w [...]

    15. A conservation classic. A fictionalized account of one year in the life of an eskimo curlew. This is the type of book I would hope would be on the required reading list for teenagers (maybe 9th grade?). It reminds me of books that I read as a high schooler (not required) that helped mold my life. Here are several that come to mind:SILENT SPRING by Rachel CarsonTHE JUNGLE by Upton SinclairJOHNNY GET YOUR GUN by Dalton TrumboTHE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES by Jean GionoI encourage you, and the young peo [...]

    16. Travelling, wings heavy with snow, in and out of heat and storms for days, the Eskimo Curlew's migration is impressive. This is a novel against the horrors of extinction, a plea for the last of the curlews. It is written with such pathos. The winged narrative will stay with the reader long after the flight has ended. For aspiring ornithologists this is a must read, and for all those interested in preserving endangered species.

    17. A friend let me borrow this so I don't actually own it. I will pick it up someday cause it is one I would love to read again. The book tells the story of a Curlew, a bird of endangered species struggling to find a mate in a world where he may be the last of his kind. There are happy and sad moments in his story. I loved how the author really personalized the bird. In many ways you can relate with the bird if you've ever struggled with times of loneliness.

    18. After reading this, I immediately did a Google search to find out the status of the species. Note, I did file this as nonfiction, even though it is a novel, and even though there are examples of anthropomorphism. But the basic biology of the bird is described, and it's done in a way that makes it memorable.

    19. Liked it, but as I anticipated, I found it very depressing. It's shameful that human beings caused a species which numbered millions and millions of individuals to go extinct for no reason at all, let alone a good one.

    20. This was one of my favorite books. The lean prose follows the extinction of these elegant birds through the lack of education and sensitivity of hunters. It is a book of observation more than judgment and yet carries a strong environmental message.

    21. This is one of the most powerful books per page that I have recently read. A simple story, on the surface, it is one that grows and resonates long after the last page. It speaks with the stillness and silence of the snow, and by the end it is screaming into the wind. Highly recommended.

    22. Only took about an hour to read, but even at that it's probably not worth your time. I guess a sentimental environmentalist or two might enjoy it but other than that

    23. Loved this story and hated it at the same time, because it just points out how humans are blind to their impact on this ecosystem we call earth. The writing was beautiful and poetic.

    24. This is a little book. You won't look at another flock of birds quite the same, after reading this. It's different, but well worth the read.

    25. I thought this book was what's the best word? Quiet. It's a quiet book. But I still felt deeply affected by it.

    26. Thoroughly enjoyed learning about the challenges of migration of the Eskimo Curlew. The afterward was too long.

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