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The Great Migration Hardcover – 21 Oct 1999


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  • Hardcover: 251 pages
  • Publisher: The Harvill Press (21 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860466788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860466786
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 3 x 33 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,811,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun 2000
Format: Hardcover
Review in BBC Wildlife, January 2000, page 78 by BRIAN JACKMAN (writer) On the run The great migration of wildebeest zebras and gazelles across the high plains of East Africa's Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is the biggest wildlife show on Earth. Big subjects deserve a broad canvas, and this book is as big as they come - a coffee-table blockbuster whose wide-screen format is ideal for showing the huge Serengeti landscapes and awesome portraits of predators and prey. It is dominated by Carlo Mari's stunning photographs, and the fact that he has chosen to work entirely in black and white - reproduced here by using duotones on wonderfully thick ivory paper - only adds to the power of each printed image. The soft, grainy texture gives the action shots a quality akin to Renaissance paintings, except that instead of flights of angels we see zebras flying through clouds of dustand wildebeest crashing through torrents of spray as they race for their lives across the Mara River. But pictures alone cannot explain the mysteries of the great migration. That needs the words of experts - and the strength of this book is that the experts also happen to be the finest of wordsmiths. The cover carries a glowing message from Peter Matthiessen. The foreword is by Richard D Estes, whose own books on African mammals are essential reading for every safari enthusiast, and the main text is by Harvey Croze, distinguished- author of Pyramids of Life. With Croze as guide, the reader is taken on a 500km round trip from the wildebeest's ancestral calving grounds in the southern Serengeti to their dry-season refuge in the Masai Mara - a circuit as old as Africa itself. Along the way, everything is explained in lucid and informative style, with the occasional dash of dry humour for good measure.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jan 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you've ever been to East Africa, and were lucky enough to see part of 'the great migration', you will be moved by this book. At first you may think it is just another big picture book, this time with sepia-coloured pictures. True, that is what this book is; but somehow it succeeds in being a lot more than just that. The photographer has succeeded in evoking life at its most natural, without being ostentatious or overly dramatic (although the great migration is about as dramatic as life can ever get). I don't know what kind of impression the book will have on readers who were not so lucky; I can only hope that they will feel the same way.
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