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Babylon's Ark by Lawrence Anthony
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May 05, 12

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Read from May 01 to 05, 2012

An interesting journey inside what must rate as the oddest of stories to come out of Iraq during the 2003 invasion. Lawrence Anthony is an inspiration to anyone who cares about animals and you will him to be successful in his mission to save the barely alive remnants of the Bagdad Zoo. Only criticism is that his style can get a little plodding at times. This was co-written and clearly he has had some help turning his notes and memories into prose and to create a narrative. But at times it verges on a this happened, then this happened, childlike regurgitation of events. There are moments of powerful emotion but you do get the sense that this is a man who is far more accomplished at doing his job of saving animals than telling stories, which thankfully he is incredibly good at! A good read but only if you really like animals.

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