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Donkey: The Mystique of Equus Asinus

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Complete with history, lore, and inspirational stories, Donkey expresses the joy that these saintly creatures with big, furry ears bring to our lives.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Chicago Review Press (first published November 1st 2006)
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Fred Kohn
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Who can resist this book after seeing the front cover? The writing leaves a lot to be desired but it doesn't matter; you still can't help falling in love with donkeys because the authors' great love for these magnificent creatures shines through on every page. Personally I would have liked to have heard a little more about the authors' personal experiences with donkeys and a bit less about donkeys in literature and art, but, as they say, it is what it is.
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
a lot of information about donkeys! This book makes these little guys stand out for a minute if only because they've been part of the human landscape as long as dogs. they are mentioned in the Bible hundreds of times and in today's world they are more often pets and adorable ones at that. and they are EXCELLENT security guards!!!!!
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals
Okay this ends my affixation on the subject, Donkeys, Ass, Burros, Mule, or what have you. This is a very informative book on the subject. But I really still don't know really what to finally call them. And its surprising how long they live more than 50 yrs, considering they are prone to many diseases.
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book is packed with interesting information and references literature and art besides natural history - but the writing is so precious and the general tone sentimental that it was tedious to read - was often hard to finish. Would be better to read the wikipedia page on the same subject. Disappointing too since the donkey is a great and worthy creature.
Jun 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is a really, really weird book that seems like the result of interesting facts and hippie touchy-feelies put in a blender. If it weren't for the incredibly cute pictures of donkeys this book would be a total loss
Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Book 17 2012 Reading Challenge -- heavily illustrated with photos and art depicting donkeys throughout the ages. Lots of references to other publications mentioning or about donkeys -- some personal experience anecdotes.
Stephanie A.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, animals
There was no central focus and it came across like a bunch of papers written for school with short blog entries mixed in...but oh, so many photos of adorable fuzzy donkeys! It gets an extra star for the photos.
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Lets be serious, here. The pictures were the best part. Did they even hire an editor for this book? Terribly written.
Nov 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Philosophical approach to appreciating the donkey. Interesting citations.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
One day when I have my mini donkey rescue ranch, I will send a copy of this book to all my friends when I ask for donations!
May 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
the pictures were nice but the stories were tooo sad to read
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