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Elsewhere in the Land of Parrots

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Reclusive David Huntington writes rigorously meaningless poetry to great acclaim. But he lives fearfully, sleeping and working with earplugs, rarely going outside, drawing his life more closely around him every day. A wild parrot, a gift from his father, becomes the breach in the dike: Little Wittgenstein has a jungle shriek, fierce eyes, and a beak that wreaks havoc. Davi ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published June 7th 2004 by Mariner Books (first published 2003)
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Ronald Wise
Jul 24, 2011 Ronald Wise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a novel I enjoyed greatly, but finished wondering why. Almost every aspect of it was subtle. No flashy or courageous heroes, no gripping suspense. Not even much in the way of conflict. But at the end I felt that I had been on a rewarding adventure and that I had learned something about myself and the world around me.

David Huntington in San Francisco and Fern Melartin in Tucson, independently develop a driving curiosity about the Aratinga erythrogenis, a small green parrot, which encoura
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Mar 16, 2016 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals
A gentle story of parrots, romance, and
serendipity. Side note: This book appeared on Nancy Pearl's recent
list of recommended summer reading.
Maggie
May 06, 2013 Maggie rated it really liked it
I picked this book up based on the cover; the happy-looking parrot (I am one of those people who DO judge a book by its cover). A sign below it also said it was recommended by one of the people who work at the library.

It started out with a really annoying man; a somewhat pathetic excuse of a human being who was afraid of life (he rarely ventured out of his apartment and even blocked the window with a large piece of furniture). He lived with a parrot who was also somewhat obnoxious. On top of tha
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Kat
Sep 03, 2013 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had this on my bookshelf for ages, and finally had a chance to start reading it. A few years ago, I watched the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill documentary on Netflix. Because San Francisco is one of my favorite cities, I love learning more about the side stories and quirks that make it unique. The past two times I was in SF, I caught a glimpse of the famous parrots, and I definitely heard their raucous cries, so I could relate a little to the characters in the book when they had their own f ...more
Bunnyhugger1
Aug 22, 2009 Bunnyhugger1 rated it really liked it
Oh, I wish I'd reviewed this when it was still fresh in my mind! I picked this book up from the library display table based solely on its cover. The parrot's expression was so... disarming. I love parrots and especially "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" (both the movie and the book). "Elsewhere" intertwines the stories of two people: David, a reclusive poet striving to write the most densely obscure poetry possible, and Fern, a naturalist searching out an elusive parrot breed in Ecuador. I don't ...more
Shannon Ewing
Dec 30, 2011 Shannon Ewing rated it really liked it
I read this book several years ago. But there are a few things that have stuck with me through the years. I remember thinking that David was a horrible character and I was not looking forward to the rest of the story, as apparently the author didn't know how to write a likeable protagonist. I quickly changed my tune. You weren't supposed to like him, he was a selfigh, pathetic, waste of perfectly good oxygen, until he took a few risks and started to develop as a person. I enjoyed the story, love ...more
Kirsten
Jun 06, 2016 Kirsten rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I was put off around the middle of the book, but then it redeemed itself and ended up being alright.
Cora
Jul 16, 2014 Cora rated it liked it
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This was a sweet little book. Nothing earth-shattering, but I liked it, especially all the information on parrots (really!).
Arlene Shulman/Lichtman
You have to be a parrot lover to enjoy this book. It was fun and educational and I would read it again.
Karen Demers
Aug 22, 2011 Karen Demers rated it really liked it
A sleeper of a novel - not on any bestseller lists - but worth requesting through inter-library loan.
Kelly
Dec 30, 2012 Kelly rated it it was ok
Did not care for book. No substance, no interest, not much description other than of parrots.
Barbara
Jul 12, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel, animals
Unwanted parrot changes meaningless poet's life. Most entertaining.
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