Mairi's Reviews > Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man's Quest to Preserve the World's Great Animals

Kingdom Under Glass by Jay Kirk
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Feb 13, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: begged-or-borrowed, non-fiction, 2012
Read from January 20 to February 13, 2012

I had a really hard time with the narration of this book. The fiction-like telling pulled me out of the story again and again. As a post-script, Kirk acknowledges the unconventional narration and assures the reader that conversations were fleshed out from primary sources but, going through those sources, it seemed like he was mostly taking Akeley's word for it. (Akeley's personal account of his travels and life was a very frequently cited source.) The allegations of abuse of his first wife seemed particularly ill-handled and left to basically, "eh, maybe."

It was, however, interesting to read some of the things that were covered were going on parallel with William Beebe and Otis Barton building and diving in the Blathysphere.

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