on 14 September 2004
This is a fine book. You get the distinct impression reading it, that you are in the company of a likeable, intelligent friend with whom even a long and gruelling travelling expedition would be a pleasant experience, more than worth the candle.
And this account is gruelling, albeit in a disconcertingly delicate way. Here are the stories of recent human stupidity, cruelty and rapacity embodied in the wholesale destruction of the six bird species, and Cokinos is more than equal to his sad task. The writing is of pleasingly high quality.
Christopher Cokinos has written a fitting and heart-felt lament. Anyone with an interest in birds will delight in its keen poignancy.