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Love And The Platypus
In 1883 young British naturalist William Caldwell arrives in Australia with a mission: to determine for the scientific record whether the platypus really does lay eggs. But first he must travel overland to the Burnett River in Queensland, where he intends to set up camp. Once there, William starts his investigations and encounters the local Aboriginal people, enlisting the ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published by Scribe Publications
(first published 2007)
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I was pleased to find this on the library shelf, partly because I enjoyed Guide to the birds of East Africa, but mainly because it was another Humphrey Bower narration! I find I'm now choosing audiobooks by narrator rather than author, title or genre. Bower brings this book to life - I think it would be far less enjoyable to read without the Scottish brogue of Caldwell, the Irish police sergeant, the harsh outback accents of the drovers, and the affected voices of the English academics.
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I really liked this for its subject matter (English naturalist early 19th century comes to Aus to investigate platypus), its gentle pace & humour, and the very clear picture it drew of early Australia. It IS a romance and as such was quite tame and a little predictable - but a good story, very enjoyable.
This was really cute, nice subtle use of humour. I liked the Australian setting, and Caldwell is perfectly depicted as a bumbling scientist trying to make his way in the world. I was constantly sad at the death of the platypus specimens he was analysing, even though I understand how important it was for the science at the time. The ending was unexpectedly hard-core, and jarred a bit for it, but sweet at the same time.
May 08, 2013 Jeanette rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Despite the slow start and almost idyllic pace, I enjoyed this book which combines fascinating naturalist vignettes of the Australian bush, Queensland history around the Bundaberg and Gayndah area (which suffered such severe flooding at the beginning of this year), with humour, mystery and romance - and a surprising ending. An enjoyable read. And I did learn a something about the Platypus.
Nicholas Drayson has written extensively about wildlife and natural history and is the author of the novels Confessing a Murder, which was hailed by Booklist for its "view of Darwin never before seen", Love and the Platypus and A Guide to the Beasts of East Africa. An Englishman by birth, Drayson has worked as a journalist in the UK, Kenya and Australia, writing for publications such as the Daily ...moreMore about Nicholas Drayson...