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Tortoise is the first cultural history of these long-lived and intriguing creatures, which have existed for more than 200 million years. The book covers tortoises worldwide, in evolution, myth and reality, ranging across paleontology, natural history, myth, folklore, art forms, literature, veterinary medicine and trade regulations.The tortoise has been seen as an Atlas-likTortoise is the first cultural history of these long-lived and intriguing creatures, which have existed for more than 200 million years. The book covers tortoises worldwide, in evolution, myth and reality, ranging across paleontology, natural history, myth, folklore, art forms, literature, veterinary medicine and trade regulations.The tortoise has been seen as an Atlas-like creature supporting the world, as the origin of music and as a philosophical paradox. Peter Young examines the tortoise in all these guises, as well as a military tactical formation, its exploitation by mariners and others for food, as ornament (in tortoiseshell), as a motif in art, and in space research. He looks at the movement away from exploitation to conservation and even the uses of the tortoise in advertising. As well as examples of species, illustrations from around the world include monuments, sculptures, coins, stamps, objets d’art, drawings, cartoons, advertisements and X-rays.The book will appeal not only to tortoise lovers but also to readers of cultural histories around the world."Peter Young’s Tortoise, on the other claw, can be warmly recommended."—Jonathan Bate, The Times...

Title : Tortoise
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ISBN : 9781861891914
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Tortoise Reviews

  • Emma-ashley
    2018-10-14 13:12

    Only if you are really, really into tortoises. Otherwise, no.

  • Nathan Sinclair
    2018-11-11 11:06

    Very interesting book, but not very well presented. It all but literally reads as 'Here's a fact about tortoises. Here's another fact about tortoises. Here's what this culture believed about tortoises.' It also goes off on a lot of tangents that are only very loosely related to the initial subject matter. I got the impression that the writer didn't have enough actual information to hit an arbitrary word count. But I did learn a lot of new stuff about one of my favourite animals, so it was worth it. I think this is one of the first books published in this series, so maybe the style is better in the more recent books.

  • Thetravelingpanda
    2018-11-13 06:10

    I am a big fan of tortoises hence why I bought this book. While the content was interesting it was a bit all over the place. There was not a logical thread from one topic to another.