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Donkey: The Mystique of Equus Asinus

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  18 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 Council Oak Books (first published November 1st 2006)
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May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I really loved the idea of this book. I love when we see a heroine who doesn’t fall into the traditional role of the perfect virgin. This book just didn’t pull it off though. It was all little things about it that bothered me. Like when the H is telling the Duke about the prostitute he’s got feelings for he describes the scar under her chin and the duke flips a table because he immediately knows it’s his long lost sister from a scar under her chin??? Also she was not a courtesan. I would have lo ...more
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!
Candy Briggs
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Always the Courtesan by Emily E.K. Murdock
Josiah Stanhope, Earl of Chester, felt there were too many lies and deceit going around between the fairer sex and men. He watched as his friend, Duke of Mercia, William Lennox married Lady Charlotte St. Maur, even though she was a spinster of thirty-five.
Lady Honora Lennox was standing in a lineup in a brothel. But she still tried to maintain her dignity and sense of shame. Three years ago she had been kidnapped off the street and forced to become a cou
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
The set-up for this novel is rather disturbing. A sister to a duke, Honora, is kidnapped when she’s 16 and basically held prisoner in a brothel. The story starts with the Earl of Chester, Josiah, deciding to escape the society women chasing after him by going to a brothel where he encounters Honora and falls for her. He seems like the most clueless of young men. Here he is sleeping with a woman in a brothel and he seems to think this is the choice she’s made even when he knows he’s negotiating w ...more
Barbara Michael
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a story Emily E K Murdoch has provided for us to read and enjoy. Lady Honora Lennox disappeared over three years ago and has not been found. Her brothers have search endlessly for her; but have found nothing of her existence. What could have happened and where could she be? Josiah Stanhope, Earl of Chester, is tired of the games among the mama’s and girls of the ton. Wanting something else in his life, he decides to go to a brothel and see if he can find a woman to be just listen to him. He ...more
Arec Rain
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
The long awaited installment, Always a Courtesan does not disappoint with the drama. In congruence with the previous in the series, the story focuses on a noble woman in an unusual position, having been kidnapped and forced to work in a brothel. While Murdoch has an easy style and talent for telling a story, some may find they have to suspend belief for the premise of this novel as there are numerous holes. It also brings about questions that are never answered. The hero is also unlikable at tim ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a cute story about Lady Honora Lennox and Josiah Stanhope, Earl of Chester. Honora was kidnapped and sent to a brothel to work and is always under the watchful eye of her keeper who makes sure she doesn't escape. Josiah meanwhile wants more out of life and is fed up with the chits of the ton. He makes his way to the brothel were Honora works and instead of doing the deed, they end up talking and getting to know each other. Weeks and months pass them by and they get to know each other. Th ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book had promise - the idea of Honora being kidnapped and presumably sold into a brothel could have had a powerful story. Instead, I thought it was a bit underdeveloped and was ultimately kind of underwhelming.

I didn’t feel that Josiah in particular had a lot of depth to him and that unfortunately colored my view of this book because I just couldn’t connect with his character and I thought he was kind of whiny.

I thought the sibling connection between Honora and Mercia was a little bit bet
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. ...more
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!!!!! ...more
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 ...more
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.
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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