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The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and…
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The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession (urspr publ 2004; utgåvan 2005)

av Mark Obmascik (Författare)

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Each year, hundreds of people set out across North America determined to set a new record in a spectacularly competitive event. Is it tennis? Golf? Racing? Poker perhaps? No, it's bird-watching, and a contest known as the Big Year - a grand, gruelling, expensive (and occasionally vicious) 365-day marathon to identify the most species. THE BIG YEAR is the rollicking chronicle of the 275,000-mile odyssey of three unlikely adventurers who take their bird-watching so seriously it nearly kills them. From Texas in pursuit of the Rufus-capped Warbler to British Columbia in search of Xantus' Hummingbird, these obsessive enthusiasts brave roasting deserts, storm-tossed oceans, infested swamps and disgruntled lions (not to mention some of the lumpiest hotel mattresses known to man) as they vie to become North America's number one bird-watcher in what would prove to be the biggest Big Year of them all... This captivating tour of human and avian nature, of courage and deceit, of passion and paranoia reveals the extremes to which Man will go to pursue his dreams, to conquer and to categorize...… (mer)
Medlem:memccauley6
Titel:The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession
Författare:Mark Obmascik (Författare)
Info:Atria Books (2005), Edition: Reprint, 268 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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Well written. Crazy people. ( )
  CarolBurrows | May 23, 2020 |
This book was an unexpected find. The tale of 3 different men who tried to find as many kinds of birds within one calendar year as possible was a great read. It brought back memories of an uncle in our family who would try and see as many different kinds of birds all over the world as possible. He even dragged our 2 daughters through the Arizona Desert after a wedding reception to find "missing" birds. ( )
  yukon92 | Nov 12, 2019 |
An entertaining read about the true story of three die-hard birders on their Big Year. The non-fiction book reads like fiction, for the most part. While it is not Pulitzer prize writing, it is humourous and engaging, easy to get into and see through to the conclusion. A great insight on the world of birders and the competitive side of non-athletes. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Dec 3, 2017 |
I never would have thought that a story about obsessed men searching for birds for could be so engrossing. I couldn’t put this one down and only “adult” obligations kept me from reading it in one sitting. I found myself rooting for the underdog, who did not have the financial resources of the other two men to drop everything and fly cross-country to see a rare bird… while simultaneously acknowledging that I would do something extreme to my husband were he to run up tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt to do the same. ( )
  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
Such a fun, entertaining and educational read. I loved every minute if reading it. ( )
  librarymary09 | May 24, 2014 |
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Each year, hundreds of people set out across North America determined to set a new record in a spectacularly competitive event. Is it tennis? Golf? Racing? Poker perhaps? No, it's bird-watching, and a contest known as the Big Year - a grand, gruelling, expensive (and occasionally vicious) 365-day marathon to identify the most species. THE BIG YEAR is the rollicking chronicle of the 275,000-mile odyssey of three unlikely adventurers who take their bird-watching so seriously it nearly kills them. From Texas in pursuit of the Rufus-capped Warbler to British Columbia in search of Xantus' Hummingbird, these obsessive enthusiasts brave roasting deserts, storm-tossed oceans, infested swamps and disgruntled lions (not to mention some of the lumpiest hotel mattresses known to man) as they vie to become North America's number one bird-watcher in what would prove to be the biggest Big Year of them all... This captivating tour of human and avian nature, of courage and deceit, of passion and paranoia reveals the extremes to which Man will go to pursue his dreams, to conquer and to categorize...

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