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Timothy

Notes of an Abject Reptile

by Verlyn Klinkenborg

Timothy
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  • First Published:
    Feb 2006, 192 pages
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    Jan 2007, 192 pages

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A dazzling riff on human beings and their weird ways. Nature

From the book jacket: Few writers have attempted to explore the natural history of a particular animal by adopting the animal’s own sensibility. But Verlyn Klinkenborg—with his deeply empathetic relation to the world around him—has done just that, and done it brilliantly, in Timothy.

This is the story of a tortoise whose real life was observed by the eighteenth-century English curate Gilbert White, author of The Natural History of Selborne. For thirteen years, Timothy lived in White’s garden—making an occasional appearance in his journals. Now Klinkenborg gives the tortoise an unforgettable voice and powers of observation as keen as those of any bipedal naturalist. The happy result: Timothy regales us with an account of a gracefully paced ...

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