29 September, 2020

Gold Thrush

A fascinating collection that contains description, whimsy, revelation, mystery, history, humour, facts, fiction, beauty and more; yet manages to be a homogenous whole.

Gold Thrush
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I’m not really an anthology person, but reading Abdul Jamil Urfi’s anthology has changed my mind. The book is a fascinating collection that includes most of the known authors of the bird world and a few surprises. It contains description, whimsy, revelation, mystery, history, humour, facts, fiction, beauty and more; yet manages to be a homogenous whole.

You do not need to be a dyed-in-the-wool bird lover to appreciate this volume. There is something for everyone, including even those with no interest in watching birds, such as the delightful piece by Zai Whitaker on "survival among birdwatchers".

There are wonderful historical pieces ranging from the Babarnama and Jahangirnama through the 19th and 20th century—largely British—writers, such as Jerdon, Hume, Eha and Bates, to our incomparable Salim Ali, even present day "history" such as the shockingly opulent falcon hunting of houbara described by Mary Anne Weaver. Connecting threads run through these and crisscross with many others.

In addition to Urfi’s helpful short biographies on each...

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