Watching: Encounters With Humans And Other Animals
This wonderful recollection begins with a shy young boy who, while everyone else was dancing on the streets, celebrated the World War II Allied victory by observing a colony of rooks. After studying the behavioral habits of the 10-spined stickleback at Oxford, Desmond Morris became curator of mammals at London Zoo and quickly became a familiar figure in homes all over Britain as presenter of Zootime, delighting millions of tea-time viewers with a daring attempt to pick up a deadly scorpion by its tail or a tumble off the back of an elephant. As curator of mammals at the zoo, life was as bizarre behind the cameras as in front of them, not least when a whale turned up in the Thames River or when a pair of ferocious bears escaped and caused havoc in a restroom. In 1967, Morris turned his attention to humans. Since then he has continued his work on human and animal species, written many other successful books, and has presented a number of television series. His travels have taken him to some 60 countries, from the cities of North America to the islands off the Mediterranean, Europe, the Pacific, and Africa. This account tells the story of many of these adventures, in fascinating and often hilarious detail.
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Zoologist Morris, the author of such best sellers asThe Naked Ape andIntimate Behavior , writes that the world is filled with wonderful pleasures for anyone "who manages to maintain an inquisitive eye, a childlike wonder and a sense of humor." Judging from this delightful memoir, Morris has managed to retain these qualities throughout his long and varied life. In his youth, Morris's passions centered on animals and painting. Eventually, these interests led to jobs as curator of mammals at the London Zoo, host of the British television showZootime , and director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Financial success from his best-selling books allowed him to move to Malta, travel worldwide, and write many more books about animal and human behavior. This lengthy autobiography is basically the combination of two previous books,Animals Days (1979) andThe Naked Eye (2001). Of the 80 chapters, only eight are new: three fill in the time period between these books, and the remaining five add some new episodes to the latter book. There are several new photos as well. Libraries owning the two original books may pass on this one. Otherwise, this absorbing and entertaining memoir is highly recommended for academic and public libraries.-Ilse Heidmann, Washington State Lib., Olympia
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One of the best Autobiographies I've ever had the privilege to experience. No need for salacious scandals, this man has made his life incredible merely by being open to new experiences.
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