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Duck (Animal) (Animal Series) Paperback – 31 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books; 1st Edition edition (31 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861893507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861893505
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,206,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It''s not just about what we do with the meat and eggs, but how ducks have infiltrated language and culture, in such matters as the origins of the word "quackery," Donald Duck''s connections with propaganda and surrealism and, yes, even Toilet Duck. It''s a very readable introduction to a world which is both more interesting than you might have imagined, and very charming too."-The Herald, Glasgow

It's not just about what we do with the meat and eggs, but how ducks have infiltrated language and culture, in such matters as the origins of the word "quackery," Donald Duck's connections with propaganda and surrealism and, yes, even Toilet Duck. It's a very readable introduction to a world which is both more interesting than you might have imagined, and very charming too.
--The Herald "Glasgow ""

"It's not just about what we do with the meat and eggs, but how ducks have infiltrated language and culture, in such matters as the origins of the word "quackery," Donald Duck's connections with propaganda and surrealism and, yes, even Toilet Duck. It's a very readable introduction to a world which is both more interesting than you might have imagined, and very charming too."

--The Herald "Glasgow "

Synopsis

Ducks are fantastically adaptable, and can live almost anywhere where it's wet. They can be seen on arctic shores (the Eider duck) and mountain streams (Torrent duck); in steppe lakes (White-headed duck), rainforests (Brazilian teal), and tidal estuaries (American black duck); and your local duck-pond (Mallard). It is this universality, perhaps, as well as its comical gait and distinctive cry, which makes us so fond of the duck and so ready to use it in our imaginings. In "Duck", Victoria de Rijke provides an introduction to the evolution, history, ecology and biology of the duck, as well as its widespread occurrence in our culture. She also examines our use of duck's meat, feathers and eggs; ducks in language, phrase, fable and jokes; ducks in comic strip, animation and film; and ducks in our future. Of all the animals in the world, the duck seems to attract the most humour and silliness, of which the author unearths numerous examples. In Giraldus Cambrensis' "Topographia Hibernia of 1187", for example, ducks are described as beginning life as growths on the trunks of trees that have been washed up on the beach. The quack of a duck, it is reputed, does not have an echo.

The duck is also very prevalent in more serious guises: in Hebrew belief, ducks represent immortality, and in Finnish mythology the universe is formed from a duck's egg, which falls and cracks open, the yolk forming the earth and the white forming the heavens, sun, moon, stars and clouds. Providing an accessible, informative and entertaining addition to Reaktion's ever-growing menagerie of animal titles, "Duck" will appeal to the very wide audience familiar with this versatile and much-loved creature.

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