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Book Title: The Black Rhinos of Namibia: Searching for Survivors in the African Desert|
The author of the book: Rick Bass
Edition: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Date of issue: August 7th 2012
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.98 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.4
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Reading this book, for me, was sort of like opening a bag of potato chips for a snack and finding that someone had replaced them all with dried apple chips instead. Both tasty in their own way, but certainly not what was expected.
My expectation for this book was that I would read about the Black Rhinos of Namibia. About the "human intervention" and the "cutting-edge conservation" that has, so far, saved the rhinos. I hoped to read more about the animals themselves - facts and information, how the human intervention is working, and what else can be done for these amazing animals. What I got was a very beautifully written book about Namibia, Africa, and Mike. When the back blurb says, "...meditates...", it isn't kidding.
Counting the epilogue, there are 269 pages in the book. The rhinos did not actually make a substantive appearance until page 151. That was the first of only three small bits that discuss actual sighted rhinos. They are mentioned elsewhere, but more within the scope of animals that belong to Namibia. Mostly, the book spent a lot of time ruminating on Namibia as a whole - all the animals, a bit about how people are trying to make conservation efforts work, and quite a lot about one of the conservationists (Mike). I can understand the desire, possibly even the need, to make Mike a central part of the book - but that should have been a different book. Actually, the whole book should have been a different book - or been titled/described more realistically.
Don't get me wrong - it was interesting, and is very elegantly written. It is certainly a book that I might have enjoyed reading at any point - if I knew that is what I was getting. As it was, I felt like my snack had been switched in the middle of a craving and so I left the table still feeling somewhat frustrated and a bit hungry.
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Read information about the authorRick Bass was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in Houston, the son of a geologist. He studied petroleum geology at Utah State University and while working as a petroleum geologist in Jackson, Mississippi, began writing short stories on his lunch breaks. In 1987, he moved with his wife, the artist Elizabeth Hughes Bass, to Montana’s remote Yaak Valley and became an active environmentalist, working to protect his adopted home from the destructive encroachment of roads and logging. He serves on the board of both the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies and continues to live with his family on a ranch in Montana, actively engaged in saving the American wilderness.
Bass received the PEN/Nelson Algren Award in 1988 for his first short story, “The Watch,” and won the James Jones Fellowship Award for his novel Where the Sea Used To Be. His novel The Hermit’s Story was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year in 2000. The Lives of Rocks was a finalist for the Story Prize and was chosen as a Best Book of the Year in 2006 by the Rocky Mountain News. Bass’s stories have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and have been collected in The Best American Short Stories.