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The Bedside Book of Beasts
A Wildlife Miscellany
Written by Graeme Gibson

The Bedside Book of Beasts
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Category: Nature - Animals - Big Cats; Nature - Environmental Conservation & Protection; Nature - Animals
Imprint: Nan A. Talese
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: November 2009
Price: $35.00
Can. Price: $
ISBN: 978-0-385-52459-9 (0-385-52459-5)
Pages: 384



 
In a wonderfully diverse selection of writings and gorgeous illustrations, this stunning companion to The Bedside Book of Birds explores the relationship between predators and their prey.
The intricate, complex connection between the hunter and the hunted has defined animal life on earth throughout time. In The Bedside Book of Beasts, Graeme Gibson gathers breathtaking works of art and literature that capture the power, grace, and inventiveness of both predators and their natural prey.
The Bedside Book of Beasts presents myths, fables, poetry, and excerpts from nature and travel writing, journals, sacred texts, and works of fiction. Within these pages we encounter big cats, bears, wolves, and the small but voracious praying mantis, as well as works that bring to life the experience of more vulnerable prey. Portraits of such legendary evil beasts as the Minotaur, Grendel, and the biblical Leviathan add to the depth and breadth of the collection. An impressive array of art, both traditional and contemporary, as well as scientific, religious, and mythological drawings, paintings, and woodcuts make this volume an utterly unique gift for the holidays or any occasion.
A fascinating exploration of the chain of life, of survival and mortality, The Bedside Book of Beasts evokes a profound sense of the eternal connection between humans and the creatures they endeavor to tame.



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GRAEME GIBSON is the author of The Bedside Book of Birds, Five Legs, Perpetual Motion, and Gentleman Death. He is a past president of PEN Canada and the recipient of both the Harbourfront Festival Award and the Toronto Arts Award. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with the writer Margaret Atwood.





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