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Jamrach’s Menagerie

Paperback $15.00

Jun 12, 2012 | 304 Pages

Ebook $11.99

Jun 14, 2011 | 304 Pages

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Jun 14, 2011 | 690 Minutes

  • Paperback $15.00

    Jun 12, 2012 | 304 Pages

  • Ebook $11.99

    Jun 14, 2011 | 304 Pages

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Man Booker Prize FINALIST 2011



“Breathtaking. . . . Magical. . . . Melville meets Dickens. . . . A moving, fantastically exciting sea tale.”
The Washington Post

“Beautifully written. . . . Colorful. . . . [An] adventure story, survival drama and coming-of-age tale.”
The New York Times Book Review

“An exuberant tale. . . . Irresistible. . . . [Birch’s] words sing on the page.”
The Financial Times
“Vivid, gorgeous writing and the most curious literary voyage since Pi Patel found himself on a lifeboat with a tiger in Life of Pi.”
The Seattle Times
“A masterpiece.”
Times Literary Supplement

“For a new salty adventure across the watery part of the world, you won’t find a better passage than Jamrach’s Menagerie. . . . [It] will keep you up late and make you feel distracted whenever you have to set it down and leave Jaffy’s world behind.”
The Washington Post
“Carol Birch is a literary original.”
The Christian Science Monitor
“An imaginative tour-de-force, encompassing the sights and smells of 19th-century London and the wild sea. . . . It’s gripping, superbly written and a delight.”
The Times (London)
“Visceral and primal. . . . Effortlessly readable.”
The National
“One of the best stories I’ve ever read; an extraordinarily good and completely original book.”
—A. S. Byatt, author of The Children’s Book
“In Jaffy, Birch has captured a boyish wonder at nature, a fascination with animals that any kid who’s ever caught a snake in the woods will be familiar with. As phantasmagoric as the mood of this novel gets, there is nothing in it that steps outside the bounds of reality, for it knows the real world is fantastic enough.”
The New York Times Book Review
“Powerful. . . .Harrowing is a mild word to describe the sea voyage that follows.”
The Star-Ledger
“A beautifully written and engaging novel!”
—Jay Parini, author of The Passages of H. M.
“Riveting. . . . Birch is masterful at evoking period and place. . . . Jamrach’s Menagerie is itself a teeming exhibition of the beautiful and the bizarre, and its serious ideas about the relationship between mankind and the natural world are communicated with such delicacy of touch that they never slow down the propulsive telling of the story or dim the brilliance of the prose.”
The Sunday Times (London)

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