Dreambirds: The Strange History of the Ostrich in Fashion, Food, and Fortune

Dreambirds The Strange History of the Ostrich in Fashion Food and Fortune The ostrich is one of nature s misfits a gigantic bird that can neither fly nor sing But the fin de siecle fetish for feathers made ostrich plumes precious than gold Rob Nixon grew up near the South A

  • Title: Dreambirds: The Strange History of the Ostrich in Fashion, Food, and Fortune
  • Author: Rob Nixon
  • ISBN: 9780312245405
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The ostrich is one of nature s misfits a gigantic bird that can neither fly nor sing But the fin de siecle fetish for feathers made ostrich plumes precious than gold Rob Nixon grew up near the South African desert where ostriches first boomed, and had an early passion for the outsize bird Later, his rejection of apartheid led him to immigrate to the United States,The ostrich is one of nature s misfits a gigantic bird that can neither fly nor sing But the fin de siecle fetish for feathers made ostrich plumes precious than gold Rob Nixon grew up near the South African desert where ostriches first boomed, and had an early passion for the outsize bird Later, his rejection of apartheid led him to immigrate to the United States, where he encountered a new wave of ostrich mania American ranchers were trying to convert the gawky bird into a low cal cuisine Part memoir, part travelogue, Dreambirds is a natural history of a fantasy and a beautifully crafted, candid revelation of a man s soul.

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    1. Completely unknown, I had to read this for a graduate class on South African literature and it stunned me. The writing is poetic, the history of the ostrich is weird and wonderful, and the author's memoir of growing up in South Africa is magical. It's a book I recommend to everyone and one I've dogeared a thousand times.

    2. i was doing research for my master's thesis when i came upon a reference to rob nixon and his book about the adventures through the ages of possibly the world's oddest bird, the ostrich. i immediately ordered a copy and for two full days forgot all abotu my master's researchom the "plume boom" of the late 19th century to wars between the ostrich vs emu farmers (in Texas and California, respectively) in the present day, nixon's book gives a comprehensive history of an animal most famous for servi [...]

    3. This book would have been a lot better if it had been an unconnected series of essays instead of a whole. There were some great sections on the ostrich ranching industry, including the infamous "plume boom" in the early 1900s and the later American boom and bust in the 1990s, and some wonderful parts about desert landscapes and the eccentric people who live in them. Some of Nixon's more memoirish bits were good, too, though he tended to repeat himself a little too frequently. Unfortunately, for [...]

    4. I learned enough about giant mutant birds so that if there's ever an ostrich category on "Jeopardy" I'll totally kick nerd butt. I guess there's a lesson about investing in fads here, too, as ostrich feathers went the way of the telegram. I liked Nixon's memories, but this book is an odd mix.

    5. Very lyrical writing at times. Did a good job transitioning between memoir and natural history. Made me want to go to South Africad Arizona.

    6. Loved this book on the author's childhood in Africa, and a history of the ostrich. Very nicely written.

    7. The title is somewhat misrepresentative of the superb autobiographical elements woven throughout the narrative by the author.

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