The Bestiary

The Bestiary

A Novel

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Random House, Inc.
From “a writer of remarkable gifts,” “Borges with emotional weight, comes a tale that is at once a fantastical historical mystery, a haunting love story, and a glimpse into the uncanny—the quest for a long-lost book detailing the animals left off Noah’s Ark.

Xeno Atlas grows up in the Bronx, his Sicilian grandmother’s strange stories of animal spirits his only escape from the legacy of his mother’s early death and his stern father’s long absences as a common seaman. Shunted off to an isolated boarding school, with his father’s activities abroad and the source of his newfound wealth grown increasingly mysterious, Xeno turns his early fascination with animals into a personal obsession: his search for the Caravan Bestiary. This medieval text, lost for eight hundred years, supposedly details the animals not granted passage on the Ark—griffins, hippogriffs, manticores, and basilisks—the vanished remnants of a lost world sometimes glimpsed in the shadowy recesses of our own.

Xeno’s quest takes him from the tenements of New York to the jungles of Vietnam to the ancient libraries of Europe—but it is only by riddling out his own family secrets that he can hope to find what he is looking for. A story of panoramic scope and intellectual suspense, The Bestiary is ultimately a tale of heartbreak and redemption.

Baker & Taylor
A tale that is at once a fantastical historical mystery, a haunting love story, and a glimpse into the uncanny. Xeno Atlas grows up in the Bronx, his Sicilian grandmother's stories of animal spirits his only escape from the legacy of his mother's early death and his stern father's long absences. Shunted off to an isolated boarding school, Xeno turns his fascination with animals into a personal obsession: his search for the medieval Caravan Bestiary, lost for eight hundred years, which supposedly details the animals not granted passage on the Ark--griffins, hippogriffs, manticores, and basilisks--the vanished remnants of a lost world. Xeno's quest takes him from the tenements of New York to the jungles of Vietnam to the ancient libraries of Europe--but itis only by riddling out his own family secrets that he can hope to find what he is looking for.--From publisher description.

Blackwell North Amer
Xeno Atlas grows up in the Bronx, his Sicilian grandmother's strange stories of animal spirits his only escape from the legacy of his mother's early death and his stern father's long absences as a common seaman. Shunted off to an isolated boarding school, with his father's activities abroad and the source of his newfound wealth grown increasingly mysterious, Xeno turns his early fascination with animals into a personal obsession: his search for the Caravan Bestiary. This medieval text, lost for eight hundred years, supposedly details the animals not granted passage on the Ark - griffins, hippogriffs, manticores, and basilisks - the vanished remnants of a lost world sometimes glimpsed in the shadowy recesses of our own.
Xeno's quest takes him from the tenements of New York to the jungles of Vietnam to the ancient libraries of Europe - but it is only by riddling out his own family secrets that he can hope to find what he is looking for.

Baker
& Taylor

Fascinated by animals of all kinds, young Xeno Atlas's obsession sends him on a personal quest to find the long-lost Caravan Bestiary, a medieval manuscript describing the animals that were not given passage on Noah's Ark that has been missing for eight centuries, journeying around the world and into the heart of his own family secrets to find the missing book. 25,000 first printing.
Fascinated by animals of all kinds, young Xeno Atlas's obsession sends him on a quest to find the long-lost "Caravan Bestiary," a medieval manuscript describing the animals that were not given passage on Noah's Ark that has been missing for eight centuries.

Publisher: New York : Dial Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780385337366
0385337361
Characteristics: 307 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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flash2121 Jul 18, 2012

it a book of big secrets,i love it..

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