Tuco

Tuco

The Parrot, The Others, And A Scattershot World

eBook - 2015
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For thirty years, Brian Brett shared his office and his life with Tuco, a remarkable parrot given to asking such questions as “Whaddya know?” and announcing “Party time!” when guests showed up at Brett’s farm. Although Brett bought Tuco on a whim as a pet, he gradually realizes the enormous obligation he has to the bird and learns that the parrot is a lot more complex than he thought.

Simultaneously a biography of this singular bird and a history of bird/dinosaurs and the human relationship with birds, Tuco also explores how we “other” the world—abusing birds, landscapes, and each other—including Brett’s own experience with a rare genetic condition that turned his early years into an obstacle course of bullying and nurtured his affinity for winged creatures. The book also provides an in-depth examination of our ideas about knowledge, language, and intelligence (including commentary from Tuco himself) and how as we learn more about animal languages and intelligence we continually shift our definitions of them in order to retain our “superiority.” As Brett says, “Whaddya know? Not much. I don’t even know what knowledge is. I know only the magic … and the mysteries.” By turns provocative, profound, hilarious, and deeply moving, this fascinating memoir will remain with the reader long after the last page has been turned.


Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Greystone Books,, 2015
ISBN: 9781771640640
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library

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DavidGervais
May 23, 2016

May 2016-
Winner of the Hubert Evans non-fiction prize at BC Book Awards.

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ownedbydoxies
May 03, 2016

The author's genetic condition is only one aspect of this book. He uses his past as a springboard of sorts to discover and reflect upon various topics, including climate change, survival of species, the history of the earth itself, and so on. As with many challenging conversations, his writing encompasses varying viewpoints and ranges widely. I'm finding so many things to contemplate from slightly different angles as I read this book. It's very, very good.

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santiano9
Nov 23, 2015

While I could sympathize with the author's hard times due to his genetic condition, I did not find the book well-written. Long and tedious descriptions that did not add to the core of the story. Could not finish.

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