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The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

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    Better Than the Movie

    I liked the recent film, a movie I don't think got the support it deserved, but I found the book gave a better explanation of why a trio of grown men would race over North America trying to find rare birds to win a contest with no money attached. It also gave more depth to their characters and told more about the rarities they were seeking. I suggest you also read Roger Tory Peterson and James Fisher's Wild America, the book that inspired the concept of the Big Year and rent the film when it comes out in DVD.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Very satisfying.

    I chose this book because I was looking for a light read. I had recently seen and enjoyed the movie for what it was...a light Hollywood comedy. But when I learned that it was based on a true story, my interest was piqued. And I was not disappointed. This was a wonderful chronicle that follows three of the most fascinating non fiction characters over the course of a year as they go to unimaginable lengths to try and attain a rather curious goal that only a true bird watcher would appreciate. It is very well written and documented and had me laughing or shaking my head in disbelief throughout.
    And in the end, I could easily distinguish a booby from a common tit!

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    A fun read...

    An interesting look at three men who are birders and the they try to find the most species...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    Recommended - Amusing, amazing picture of gentle obsession

    Three disparate men set out to see the most number of bird species in a year...Their Big Year... A gentle interest/sport/obsession played out far from cheers and applause. The USA with its boundless reaches and many, many climate ranges provides an unparalleled and relatively unspoiled backdrop for the people (in this case three men) who are passionate about seeing birds (as opposed to killing them). No where else but America would you meet such delightful people who rival each other, yet help each other at the same time. For a look at a world far from the concrete jungles, where we might wish wistfully to visit with such delightful obsessive behavior. Not for everone...but certainly a different rivalry from almost any other. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2010

    The Big Year

    Not necessary to be a bird lover to enjoy this book. This story is all about the thrill of the chase and the competition that evolves among the three main characters. Well written, fast-paced, and a bit of fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    Remarkable obsession . . .

    This book is witty, clever, and informative. Even a non-birder will find this a truly enjoyable read. I gained a deeper respect for winged creatures and garnered new information about places I'd been and places I've yet to see. The saga left me itching for an opportunity to go birdwatching!

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