Brian Korner Korner itibaren 64012 Pagannoni Superiore TE, İtalya
Once upon a time, long ago, far away, there lived a young boy, aged somewhere around seven years old. At his school he had completed all those 'learning to read type books' and so he was allowed to enter the school library and select for himself a proper book to read. After wandering around the shelves for a while he finally picked out a book to read. It was called Theseus and the Minotaur. That first book was a scary introduction to reading matter! Today, over fifty years later, that old boy has re-read that story. Nigel Spivey's 'Songs of Bronze' is a collection of those wonderful Greek myths. The book begins and ends with Orpheus, but in between are tales of Herakles, Theseus, Perseus, Jason and the Argonauts, the War with Troy, Odysseus and Oedipus. All these stories are so very well written and set together by the author, yet retain their Bronze Age magic. Certainly not for little boys and girls.
The subtitle describes it pretty well..("the amazing true story of a young family, a broken down zoo and the wild animals that changed their lives forever") except that it doesn't mention that the young mother is diagnosed with a brain tumor right in the midst of the purchase of the zoo. Written by the husband--and first time zoo director--this is an amazing story of triumph on all sorts of levels. An added enjoyment were the animal "factoids" that surprised me. Who knew that tigers have sensors to detect a victim's pulse in their two front canine teeth so that their lethal bite on the back of the neck will be successful?! It was also fascinating to learn about the "behind the scenes" activities and legal requirements connected to running a zoo!