The Secret Islands: An Exploration

The Secret Islands: An Exploration

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Author/Contributor(s): Russell, Franklin
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Date: 01/01/1980
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

This is a magically well-written ornithological binge in flight from civilization, by the author of Argen, The Gull, and Watchers at the Pond. New Zealand born Russell, too long caged on Manhattan, longs to visit some remote islands. He finds them off the coast of Newfoundland, almost solely inhabited by gulls, petrels and near-relatives of the great auk. Although he is physically stimulated by the outdoor life, he is also plunged into exhausting speculation about the meaning of life and death in the natural orders...Russell's wasteland scenery is climactic, effective, and this is natural history with philosophical overtones. - Kirkus Review