Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile by Verlyn Klinkenborg audiobook

Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile

By Verlyn Klinkenborg
Read by Josephine Bailey

Tantor Audio 9780679737537

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200147311

  • ISBN: 9798200147304

  • ISBN: 9798200147328

Runtime: 5.92 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Few writers have attempted to explore the natural history of a particular animal by adopting the animal's own sensibility. But Verlyn Klinkenborg—with his deeply empathetic relation to the world around him—has done just that, and done it brilliantly, in Timothy; or Notes of an Abject Reptile. This is the story of a tortoise whose real life was observed by the eighteenth-century English curate Gilbert White, author of The Natural History of Selborne. For thirteen years, Timothy lived in White's garden—making an occasional appearance in his journals. Now Klinkenborg gives the tortoise an unforgettable voice and powers of observation as keen as those of any bipedal naturalist. The happy result: Timothy regales us with an account of a gracefully paced (no unseemly hurry!) eight-day adventure outside the gate ("How do I escape from that nimble-tongued, fleet-footed race? . . . Walk through the holes in their attention") and entertains us with shrewd observations about the curious habits and habitations of humanity. "To humans," Timothy says with doleful understanding, "in and out are matters of life and death. Not to me. Warm earth waits just beneath me. . . . The humans' own heat keeps them from sensing it." Wry and wise, unexpectedly moving, and enchanting at every—careful—turn, Timothy will surprise and delight readers of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A wholly unexpected and astonishing book. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“A work of both speculative naturalism and speculative biography.” Los Angeles Times
“Natural history at its best: thoughtful, meditative, and even magical.” Bookmarks Magazine
“A gorgeous hybrid of naturalist observation, novelistic invention and philosophical meditation…This is a wholly unexpected and astonishing book.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Verlyn Klinkenborg

Author Bio: Verlyn Klinkenborg

Verlyn Klinkenborg is a former member of the editorial board of the New York Times. He currently teaches creative writing at Yale University. He has taught literature and creative writing at Fordham University, St. Olaf College, Bennington College, and Harvard University. Klinkenborg is the author of Making Hay, The Last Fine Time, and The Rural Life. He lives on a small farm in upstate New York.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English