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The Last Great Auk: A Novel [Hardcover]

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The Last Great Auk: A Novel by Allan W. Eckert

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   0.88 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Jesse Stuart Foundation
ISBN  1931672164  
ISBN13  9781931672160  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Allan W. Eckert is an historian, naturalist, novelist, poet, screenwriter and playwright. He is the author of thirty-nine published books, and has been nominated on seven separate occasions for the Pulitzer Prize in literature.

Allan W. Eckert lived in Corona. Allan W. Eckert was born in 1931 and died in 2011.

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Greatness  Sep 27, 2007
This is a beautifully written novel about the Great Auk of San Francisco Giant fame, who batted behind Barry Bonds for a brief stint during the 2007 season. Thought to have gone extint in the 19th century, "Auky" surprised everyone with his metoric rise through the minor leagues, and his brief call up with the Giants.

Eckert describes in exquisite detail each of Auky's at bats, which unfortunately all ended in weak ground outs to short.

This is a story of not just a Great Auk, but Auk's everywhere, who give it their all in everything they do.
Unforgettable  May 17, 2007
Really, this is quite an unforgettable book. I remember first reading it as a child. I never came across the book again (it was from a library) but occasionally thought about it and always hoped to find it. Now The Last Great Auk is in print again, and some 25 years after I first read it, I find it still captures and holds my imagination like few other tales.

The Last Great Auk tells the story of one particular member of a large group of the last remaining Great Auks - flightless birds that were the North Atlantic's equivalent of penguins. Eckert's prose is simple and restrained - understandably it can appear in a childrens' library - but the themes he explores and the emotions he works with are deep.

We follow the auk through his growth and along his great migrations, as he and the species' remaining thousands face the yearly challenge of swimming from Iceland to winter on America's eastern coast, and returning months later. Along the way, our auk must face and overcome challenges that are no less fearful for being so familiar. We empathize as he struggles through youth, loses his parents, faces indifferent Nature with courage, and wills himself to survive and win.

Eckert's writing is descriptive and convincing, but it is the familiarity of the bird's predicament, and his courage that we hope to share, that makes us relate to him so immediately. The loss of a species may seem abstract, but the loss of a friend is all too real. The Last Great Auk pays homage to the lost multitudes by following the tragedy of their single last survivor.

Along the way we are reminded - if we care to think about it, because this tale never strays from simply describing the auk's life - that life and death are not experiences unique to us, and the fact of our being is little different to those other expressions of life around us.

A universal story, beautifully told.

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