NCL 37 – Last of the Curlews by Fred Bodsworth


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Last of the Curlews by Fred Bodsworth (New Canadian Library N37) front coverSeries One

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This is the story of one of the most extraordinary birds of North America, the Eskimo curlew, and its lonely flight from the breeding grounds in the Arctic to its winter home in Patagonia at the Antarctic tip of South America. With great simplicity Fred Bodsworth writes from a sympathetic understanding for this lovely bird, now all but destroyed by man’s urge to hunt and kill. The book is illustrated with the delightful drawings by T. M. Short which appeared in the original edition.


Last of the  Curlews by Fred Bodsworth (New Canadian Librarty N37) front coverSeries Two

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This is a story of one of the most extraordinary birds of North America – the Eskimo curlew; the wild and tender saga of its mating and of its lonely flight from the breeding grounds of the Arctic to its winter home in at the Antarctic tip of South America. Fred Bodsworth writes with poetry and insight about this lovely bird, now all but destroyed by man’s urge to hunt and kill. The book is illustrated with the delightful drawings by T. M. Shortt which appear in the original edition.


Last of the Curlews by Fred Bodsworth (New Canadian Library N37) front coverSeries Three

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An unforgettable story, which continues to voice a vigorous plea for preservation of our wildlife.

This short novel examines the plight of the Eskimo curlew. A Graceful bird, the curlew once flocked as thickly as the passenger pigeon; but like that extinct species, the curlews were horribly depleted by mankind’s careless slaughter. Here, Bodsworth tells the story of the curlew who might very well be the last of its kind. From its solitary vigil in the breeding grounds of the Arctic to its magnificent migratory flight, Bodsworth documents this bird’s tragic fate.


Last of the Curlews by Fred Bodsworth (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Five

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One of the swiftest and most graceful of all shorebirds, the Eskimo curlew once made its 9,000-mile migration from Patagonia to the Arctic in flocks so dense that they darkened the sky. Last of the Curlews is Fred Bodsworth’s elegy on the curlew, which has been brought to the verge of extinction by the game-hunter’s wanton slaughter. With unassuming eloquence, the novel follows the doomed search of a solitary curlew for a female of his kind. First published in 1954, Last of the Curlews remains a passionate and haunting indictment of man’s destructive interference with the natural world.

With Last of the Curlews, his first novel, Fred Bodsworth assured his place among Canada’s most respected nature writers.


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