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Bird of Life, Bird of Death

ISBN: 9780671527389
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Edition: 1St Edition
Publication Date: 1986-01
Number of pages: 249
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The resplendent Quetzal is a bird of such incredible beauty that for two hundred years European naturalists thought it was a fabrication of the American aborigines. It was a bird so sacred to the ancient Maya that to kill one was a capital crime. Unable to live in captivity, the Quetzal symbolized freedom for several thousand years. And in search of this rare, fabulous creature, naturalist Jonathan Maslow began a daring odyssey through Guatemala, one of the most repressive nations on earth. Beautiful written, fascinating, and often chilling, Maslow's account traces the history of the quetzal and the Guatemalan people from the heights of classical Mayan civilization to the depts. Of depredation today....where the Bird of Life is dying, and ominously the Bird of Death, the vulture, is flourishing on the carrion of a troubled land. Library Journal calls it "powerful and shocking". Famous naturalist Roger Tory Peterson finds it "extraordinary", and The Kansas City Star says "Lucid and enlightening.....Mr. Maslow chronicles not only the demise of a spectacular creature, but the unfulfilled dreams of a long-suffering people".

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