The Extinction Club: A Mostly True Story About Two Men, a Deer And a Writer: The Mostly True Story of Two Men, One Deer and a Writer

The Extinction Club: A Mostly True Story About Two Men, a Deer And a Writer: The Mostly True Story of Two Men, One Deer and a Writer

by RobertTwigger (Author)

Synopsis

For 1000 years, Milu - an exotic species of deer - existed only in the Chinese Emperor's private park in Beijing. Milu was odd-looking, with the neck of a camel, the horns of a stag, the feet of a cow and the tail of a donkey. In second half of the 19th century, a Basque missionary, Pere David, became the first westerner ever to see Milu. Eventually, he acquired some bones and a pelt, which were shipped in a diplomatic bag to Paris. The cured remains caused excitement across Europe, as zoologists clamoured to get hold of a live specimen. Soon every major nation in Europe had a Milu or two. But the deer did not thrive, and most of them died quickly. The one exception was in Bedfordshire - Woburn, the family seat of the 11th Duke of Bedford. He was devoted to the Milu, and under his care it flourished. Meanwhile in China, during the period of the Boxer Rebellion, Milu became extinct. Today, for a price, one can shoot a Milu in wild game reserves located throughout the world - but especially in Texas. This text is Robert Twigger's attempt to tell the story. In the process, he provides a meditation on a number of human obsessions - evolution, truth-telling, extinction, myth-making, and survival.

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Published: 07 Jun 2001

ISBN 10: 0241140676
ISBN 13: 9780241140673

Media Reviews
* 'A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius' meets 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne' - a funny and hugely entertaining tale * 'Brilliant... everyone should read it' - Tony Parsons * 'A splendidly written adventure' - Independent on Sunday * 'At last, a travel book with a raison d'etre... a wonderfully enjoyable tale' - Independent
Author Bio
ROBERT TWIGGER won the Newdigate Prize for poetry at Oxford in 1985. He is the author of ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS (Gollancz, 1997; winner of the Somerset Maugham prize and 1998 William Hill Sports Book of the Year) and BIG SNAKE (Gollancz, 1999). He lives in Oxford.