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- DescriptionFrom a writer of remarkable gifts, Borges with emotional weight, comes a tale that is at once a fantastical historical mystery, a haunting love story, and a glimpse into the uncanny--the quest for a long-lost book detailing the animals left off Noah's Ark. Xe Atlas grows up in the Bronx, his Sicilian grandmother's strange stories of animal spirits his only escape from the legacy of his mother's early death and his stern father's long absences as a common seaman. Shunted off to an isolated boarding school, with his father's activities abroad and the source of his newfound wealth grown increasingly mysterious, Xe turns his early fascination with animals into a personal obsession: his search for the Caravan Bestiary. This medieval text, lost for eight hundred years, supposedly details the animals t granted passage on the Ark--griffins, hippogriffs, manticores, and basilisks--the vanished remnants of a lost world sometimes glimpsed in the shadowy recesses of our own. Xe's quest takes him from the tenements of New York to the jungles of Vietnam to the ancient libraries of Europe--but it is only by riddling out his own family secrets that he can hope to find what he is looking for. A story of paramic scope and intellectual suspense, The Bestiary is ultimately a tale of heartbreak and redemption. From the Hardcover edition.
- Author BiographyNicholas Christopher is the author of four previous novels, The Soloist, Veronica, A Trip to the Stars, and Franklin Flyer, eight books of poetry, and a book about film noir, Somewhere in the Night. He lives in New York City. From the Hardcover edition.
- Author(s)Nicholas Christopher
- PublisherBantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
- Date of Publication24/06/2008
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDial Books (imprint of Dell Publishing)
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight240 g
- Width134 mm
- Height208 mm
- Spine18 mm
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