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This is an auction for THE POPE'S RHINOCEROS by Lawrence Norfolk.

Amazon.com reviews:

"In February 1516, a Portuguese ship sank with the loss of all hands a mile off the coast of Italy. The Nostra Senora da Adjuda had sailed 14000 miles from the Indian kingdom Gujarat: her mission, to deliver a rhinoceros to the Pope. THE POPE'S RHINOCEROS tells the stories which culminate in this bizarre incident. Ranging from the Baltic Sea to a flyblown colony in India, from a tribe hidden in the African rain forest to atrocities committed in obscure town in Tuscany, Norfolk's brilliant novel holds up the true history of the rhinoceros as a mirror to the fantasies and obsessions of the Renaissance."

"FIVE STARS!! Norfolk manages to keep up the standard of both the description and the narration throughout, and it's an extremely entertaining read. The fact that it's even denser than its number of pages would suggest - Norfolk writes in quite an erudite manner that means it's a slower read than it's entertainment value would usually result in - simply enhances the longevity of what for me was an extremely entertaining and enjoyable read. However, its length and density probably makes for a more difficult read than your average "entertainment". A brilliantly enjoyable read, although not for the commitment-shy reader. Make time for this book and it will reward you in spades."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 1996.

608 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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