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The Parrot Trainer: A Novel

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
At the center of this beguiling novel of the Southwest is an odd romantic triangle—an archaeologist, a former pot thief and art dealer, and a sassy spirit.

Jack, who had been a prominent art dealer and collector, finds a sketch of a parrot trainer from an ancient, Indian Mimbres bowl along with a map to a cliff dwelling, at the scene of a fatal accident. He is fascinated by
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 13th 2003 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2003)
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Scottsdale Public Library
In this surreal Southwestern archaeological thriller, retired antiquities dealer Jack Miller plays by his own rules. He discovers the body of a German tourist who had a major find: a hidden cache of Mimbres pottery. Jack locates the cahce and grabs the prize piece, a bowl depicting a beautiful parrot trainer, but due to the effects of a scorpion sting the female spirit of the trainer begins to haunt him. There's also a real life woman, archaeologist Lucy Perelli, whose moral approach to pot hunt ...more
Emily Crow
I enjoyed this novel for the Southwestern setting and the exploration of postmodernism/culture/archaeology. I especially enjoyed Henri, the drunken French intellectual stumbling around America, with the two young hipsters making a documentary about his pronouncements. The portions of the story involving Willow, a thousand year old native spirit trapped in a bowl, were a little awkward, though. Overall: an entertaining but uneven novel.
Kae Cheatham
Feb 12, 2011 Kae Cheatham rated it liked it
I read the ARC of this book.
Writing is quite vivid and descriptive. Interesting main character, although he gets submarined by too many points of view of secondaries. The SW Indian character —the parrot trainer—is also strong, and a shorter more direct presentation involving these two would have been much more effective.
Judy
Jan 08, 2009 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cool story, I really enjoy Wolfe's writing.
Monica Emerich
Sep 23, 2016 Monica Emerich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Archaeology. The US southwest. Mystery. The paranormal. What's not to like? :)) I'd never heard of the author and found this book at the Taos Literacy Project bookstore. What a find!
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Wow.. Like the book cover, amazingly colorful, intricate and imaginative. Plus a good love story!
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