Timothy's Book: Notes of an English Country Tortoise Hardcover – 12 Oct 2006
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
'[...] Droll and disarming, and packed with meditations on memory, the weather and solitude.' -- Daily Mail, 13 October 2006<br \><br \>'This tortoise-eyed view of life...is a treat to read.' -- Financial Times (Weekend)<br \><br \>'You'll put it down convinced of the virtues of patience and life
in the slow lane.' -- Daily Mail, 13 October 2006<br \><br \>...a book I read with great delight...beautifully observed and pure magic. -- Sue Baker, Publishing News<br \><br \>Brilliant and audacious
--Richard Mabey, author of Nature Cure
brilliant and audacious --Richard Mabey, author of Nature Cure
glorious...Timothy's judicious comments on the human species
charmingly mirror his owner's on the natural world
--Salley Vickers, Observer "Books of The Year 2006"
About the Author
VERLYN KLINKENBORG is the author of three previous books: Making Hay, The Last Fine Time and The Rural Life. He is on the editorial board of the New York Times, and he lives on a farm in upstate New York with his wife.
Top customer reviews
The danger of a fictional device such as having a tortoise for a narrator is that it could come to seem whimsical over the course of an entire novel, but the way that the author slyly reverses the sometimes arrogant human observation of the natural world, to present nature's view of humanity, is wonderfully done, and in the end Klingenborg succeeds in creating not only a sympathetic historical character, with a voice and personality all his own, but a powerful ecological fable for our times.
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.