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The Extinction Club: A Tale of Deer, Lost Books, and a Rather Fine Canary Yellow Sweater

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For one thousand years, the Milu -- an exotic species of deer with the neck of a camel, horns of a stag, feet of a cow, and tail of a donkey -- existed only in the Chinese emperor’s private park in Beijing. But in the nineteenth century, a Basque missionary risked his life to obtain a specimen, then embalmed it and sent it to Paris.

The preserved remains caused quite a stir
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 8th 2003 by Harper Perennial (first published 2001)
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Clare O'Beara
Pere David's Deer, otherwise known as the Milu, which went extinct in its native China and was restored by a captive herd in Britain, is the putative topic. It only occupies a few pages.

There's a lot of rambling, comments by the author about himself and side tracks. Some of the side tracks are well explored and worth a trip. Some are padding, as presented anyway.

This is a slim volume and I was disappointed and surprised that despite the descriptions of the comically assembled deer, there is no
Andy Lee
This was one of those impulse purchases in the bargain section at Borders I bought probably 5 or so years ago. I had it around my classroom for a student to read, but since no teenager, especially struggling with reading read it, I figured I shouldn't put a good book to waste.

So I began reading and found the narrative to be terribly confusing, perhaps because of the writing, but probably because I wasn't really focused on what I was reading. The book does blend the line between fiction and non-f
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Hmmm. I've had this one a while, and to be honest, now that I have eventually gotten around to reading it, it has been a bit of a disappointment and not exactly what I expected.

I understood this was going to be the story of Milu, a type of Chinese deer that has been extinct from the wild for 1000 years or so. Odd looking creatures, they were kept in the park of the Forbidden City in China. Some were smuggled out to Europe, and kept in parks, were most of them died. B
This book is supposed to be about the Milu, a deer extinct in the wild, that lived in the imperial court of China for, supposedly, 1,000 years. The first Westerner to see one, a basque missionary, fell for the deer, absconded with one and good thing he did because the imperial herd were killed during the boxer rebellion.

Fifty pages in, it was mostly self-involved rambling. On page 15 he mentions how thrilled he is to write a story that is not about him. And then he keeps talking about himself. 2
This is a book that I had to read through to really appreciate. At points I was questioning the point and direction, but in the end, I liked the links he made between humans and these deer. It was a bit of a history lesson too as I knew nothing about the Boxer Rebellion and what was happening in China. There's a moral lesson in the book too. The fact that is is not a book one needs to be heavily invested in tipped this to four stars....
Antoine  McGrath
The legendary deer known as the Milu was thought to be extinct until Basque missionary Pere David stumbled upon them in the Chinese emperor's private park. Not a must read but a good review of an interesting species history.
Kathleen Dixon
This book must have different subtitles in its British and US editions, but it's clearly the same book.
I rather enjoyed it - it's quite unusual, but entertaining.
Fun book, a little odd.
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