Dan Koeppel's father has an obsession: he wants to see every species of bird on earth. But his relentless pursuit of birds led to family break up, a faltering career and an ever growing gulf between him and his son. Perhaps though, the cause of this estrangement could also provide the opportunity for a reconciliation. In 2000, Dan and accompanied his father on a trip to the Amazon in search of the old man's 7,000th bird. This journey and Dan's attempts to understand his father becomes a powerful life-affirming exploration of the relationship between sons and their fathers. 'A memoir not of a hobby, but an obsession, describing a boyhood infatuation that came to wreck Richard's life, ending his marriage, distancing him from family and friends. Warmly told and full of candid insight, it is ultimately a story of reconciliation.' - "Mail on Sunday".
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'A moving and quixotic tale' -- The Times, 5th August
'A powerful exploration of the relationship between all fathers and sons' -- Sunday Telegraph, 13th August, 2006
'A surprisingly compelling read' -- Daily Mail, August 11, 2006
'Superbly told. Koeppel's book is both a family history and an attempt to understand the nature of his father's obsession.' -- Mail on Sunday, August 13th, 2006
Dan Koeppel is a well-known outdoors, nature and adventure writer who's been published in The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Audobon, Popular Science, and in National Geographic Adventure, where he is a contributing editor.
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Book Description Michael Joseph Ltd, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 141019263
Book Description Michael Joseph Ltd, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0141019263