Thursday, October 14, 2010

Review: The Search for the Pink-headed Duck

I recently finished reading the adventure memoir, (or is it a novel?) by Rory Nugent.  This book was a gift to me from a fellow birder who knows I like to read all kinds of stuff.  While Nugent does mention the occasional bird, this is not really a birding book.  This is the tale of his adventures in India while seaching for the likely extinct Pink-headed Duck.  This book was not a page-turner, but it was interesting enough for me to read cover-to-cover.  Insights into the subcultures of India, Nugent's patience with Indian bureacracy, and death-defying and cult encounters, were all fascinating.  Even the intro to the book leads one to believe that some fiction has been added to the tale.  There are photos of people and places mentioned, so it left me wondering what was real and what was imagined.  I do recommend this book, but not highly.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this review. With the India connection, it sounds like a book I would like. It was available on PaperbackSwap so I'll have a copy soon. :)