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A wonderful read,
This review is from: Timothy's Book: Notes of an English Country Tortoise (Hardcover)
Having just- in the past five minues- finished reading this book, I thought it important to let others know what a charming book this is.
Looking through the eyes of Timothy- Gilbert White's tortoise, we see a different perception of Selbourne so widely recounted through Gilbert White's own writing. This book ran the risk of coming across as twee and sickly, but the book is written sensitively and with great understanding and admiration for Timothy the tortoise.
Timothy notes the behaviours of those living in Selbourne and others who enter his life- just as Gibert White observed the behaviour of the flora and fauna around him. You can not help but empathise with this creature who sees things with humour, honesty and respect and highlights the differences between him and many of the villagers.
This book is written beautifully and allows the reader to stop and really reflect on the world in which Timothy lived- a far cry from his natural habitat, and reflect also on why it was thought acceptable and such a spectacle to remove an animal from this and move him to a village in Hampshire. There are thought provoking ethical strands running through this book and I found it easy to engage with these throughout.
I highly recommend this book and I defy anyone to not have admiration for such an incredible species once reading it.