The Mockery Bird

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Simon & Schuster, 1982 - Fiction - 224 pages
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The island of Zenkali, in transition to self-government under the supervision of British government representative Peter Foxglove, is thrown into turmoil when the sacred Mockery Bird--long thought extinct--is discovered and revives tribal enmity

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User Review  - Simon Mcleish - Goodreads

Originally published on my blog here in November 1998. Zenkali, the imaginary tropical island on which The Mockery Bird is set, is described by Gerald Durrell as a place which attracts eccentrics ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jan - Goodreads

The four star rating doesn't necessarily reflect the quality of the book, more of the enjoyment I got reading it. I have read several of Gerald Durrell's books, and have enjoyed them all. All but this ... Read full review


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Gerald Durrell was born on January 7, 1925 in Jamshedpur, India to British parents. After the death of his father in 1928, the family lived in England and Europe before settling in Corfu, where he spent much of his childhood. Educated by private tutors, he became interested in natural history and amassed a private collection of dozens of creatures from scorpions to owls. He went on numerous wildlife expeditions and founded the Jersey Zoological Park and the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust with the purpose of breeding endangered species. His first book, The Overloaded Ark, was published in 1953. He wrote 37 books during his lifetime including My Family and Other Animals, The Bafut Beagles, A Zoo in My Luggage, Rosy Is My Relative, and The Mockery Bird. He received the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and was featured in the United Nations' Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement in 1988. He died from complications related to a liver transplant on January 30, 1995 at the age of 70.

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