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The Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes
by Peter Matthiessen

Personal memoirs of people traveling far and wide in pursuit of rare birds have recently become a distinct sub-genre of books (see On the Wing and The Grail Bird). The Birds of Heaven was in the vanguard of that movement and remains perhaps the best for the general reader who has only a passing interest in birds.

Peter Matthiessen is a prolific and award-winning writer who is equally noted for both his fiction and his nonfiction, including books on nature. Unlike other examples of this sub-genre, this author puts a lot more travelogue into the mix (balancing the bird quest) and takes you to much more exotic locales, such as central Asia and Siberia. This is a highly literate and moving work.



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