BookBrowse Reviews The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart

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The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise

A Novel

by Julia Stuart

The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise
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    Aug 2010, 320 pages
    Aug 2011, 320 pages

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A quirky novel about a menagerie of animals and people housed within The Tower of London

22 out of 27 BookBrowse readers rated The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise 4 or 5 stars. Here's what they had to say:

The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise takes us inside the Tower of London, a place so saturated with history that ghosts ooze out everywhere. The care of a menagerie of animals (gifts to Queen Elizabeth, from all over the world) falls to one of the Tower guards, a Beefeater. These exotic animals are lost, uprooted from homes in jungles and plains, and now housed in moats and towers (Mark O). But the real story is the humans. Human characters who are all eccentric, flawed, but fascinating. With one or two exceptions, all of the characters seem familiar. Not because they are stereotypical, because they are anything but. They are familiar because they so resemble the people we all know who live quiet lives, waiting for joy to come or return to their lives (Dolena W).

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