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Nevermore: A Book of Hours by David Day (Fourfront Editions)

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Best known as the author of the <i>Doomsday Book of Animals</i>, poet and naturalist David Day returns to the subject of extinction with a frankly unclassifiable volume that combines primary texts, prose, and poetry. Taking the form of a 24-hour meditative vigil of the kind practiced by the Coptic Orthodox Church, each section in the book is devoted to a species of animal that has gone extinct during the time that <i>homo sapiens</i> has walked the earth. Fascinating facts about creatures such as the Rukh (or Elephant Bird), the Galapagos Tortoise, and the Great Auk are paired with primary texts (from writers as diverse as Herodotus and Jared Diamond) and illustrations by seven noted wildlife artists. Part elegy, part call to arms, <i>Nevermore</i> is one of the most original and striking books of the year.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/1926802683/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=1926802683&linkCode=as2&tag=quillquire-20">Buy this book</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.ca/e/ir?t=quillquire-20&l=as2&o=15&a=1926802683" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /><br />
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Best known as the author of the Doomsday Book of Animals, poet and naturalist David Day returns to the subject of extinction with a frankly unclassifiable volume that combines primary texts, prose, and poetry. Taking the form of a 24-hour meditative vigil of the kind practiced by the Coptic Orthodox Church, each section in the book is devoted to a species of animal that has gone extinct during the time that homo sapiens has walked the earth. Fascinating facts about creatures such as the Rukh (or Elephant Bird), the Galapagos Tortoise, and the Great Auk are paired with primary texts (from writers as diverse as Herodotus and Jared Diamond) and illustrations by seven noted wildlife artists. Part elegy, part call to arms, Nevermore is one of the most original and striking books of the year.

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November 29th, 2012

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