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Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
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Nov 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, adventure, animals, audiobook, historical-fiction, life-lessons, nature
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This book is an amazing listen. Steve West does an excellent job of capturing Jaffy Brown. Jaffy's fictional memoir is fascinating--from the tiger "biting" his head to the capture of the Komodo-type dragon to a long survival sea voyage to his finding himself again in London. Every part of Jaffy's life is described in detail to the point that you can almost smell the rankness of the London riverside as well as the salty spray at sea. However, this book is not for the faint of heart. The descriptions of the privations suffered by the survivors of the sunk whaling ship are equally vivid. The ending of Jaffy's story is optimistic without seeming contrived or easy, but well-suited to the story and Jaffy.
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