A BBC Radio 2 Book Club PickFor thirty years, Brian Brett shared his office and his life with Tuco, a remarkable parrot given to asking such questions as Whaddya know and announcing Party time when guests showed up at Bretts farm Although Brett bought Tuco on a whim as a pet, he gradually realizes the enormous obligation he has to the bird and learns that the parrot is a lot complex than he thought Simultaneously a biography of this singular bird and a history of bird dinosaurs and the human relationship with birds, Tuco also explores how we other the worldabusing birds, landscapes, and each otherincluding Bretts own experience with a rare genetic condition that turned his early years into an obstacle course of bullying and nurtured his affinity for winged creatures The book also provides an in depth examination of our ideas about knowledge, language, and intelligence including commentary from Tuco himself and how as we learn about animal languages and intelligence we continually shift our definitions of them in order to retain our superiority As Brett says, Whaddya know Not much I dont even know what knowledge is I know only the magic and...
|Title||:||Tuco: The Parrot, the Others, and A Scattershot World|
|Publisher||:||Greystone Books 1st edition October 13, 2015|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||863 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Tuco: The Parrot, the Others, and A Scattershot World Reviews
I really like this book. It might not be for everyone but I really enjoyed it.
A good but difficult read. I think "scattershot" best describes it. Almost too much information to absorb.
I loved this book! It was my role as a parrot companion and an all round bird lover that initially drew me to the book. However I found the other aspects of this memoir to be poignant and was easily able to connect to Brian Brett's 'Othering' and relate it to various aspects of my own life. Funny and memorable with great depth of feeling and much food for thought - especially about what we, as supposedly 'superior' beings are doing to the other species that share our beautiful, blue planet. As a long time student of language I also found the discourses on language particularly interesting.