Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile


" 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 (no unseemly hurry!) eight-day adventure outside the gate (“How do I
escape from that nimble-tongued, fleet-footed race? . . . Walk through the holes
in their attention”) and entertains us with shrewd observations about the
curious habits and habitations of humanity. “To humans,” Timothy says with
doleful understanding, “in and out are matters of life and death. Not to me.
Warm earth waits just beneath me. . . . The humans’ own heat keeps them from
sensing it.”

Wry and wise, unexpectedly moving, and enchanting at
every—careful—turn, Timothy will surprise and delight readers of all ages…"

Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile
Written by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Nature – Animals Hardcover
2006 $16.95  0-679-40728-6

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[Thanks Marcus!]