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This is an auction for BIRD OF LIFE, BIRD OF DEATH: A CENTRAL AMERICAN JOURNEY by Jonathan Evan Maslow.

"Originally, the journey was a search for Guatemala's national symbol, the endangered quetzal (bird of life). But Maslow found in this beleaguered country that life itself is threatened. In city slums, wretched human scavengers are quickly followed by vultures (zopilotes, or birds of death). In the countryside, there is poverty and fear of the roaming militia - the infamous death squads. Maslow incorporates history and natural science, people and society into this grim, incisive report. With a photographer friend, he drove from Guatemala City through devastated foothills to the Highlands, encountering frequent military checkpoints. They found the quetzal, but its resplendence was overshadowed by necrophagous zopilotes. This powerful, impressionistic story offers little hope for the future of this land of turmoil. "
- Publishers Weekly (US) reviews:

"FIVE STARS!!! Maslow makes the reality of Guatemala in chaos both achingly plain and somehow funny at the same time. His political views are a subtext to a panorama of human and natural history. One of the best books I have read in a while; I couldn't put it down."

"FIVE STARS!! Maslow does a fine job of presenting his quest for the magnificent quetzal, legendary bird of the Mayans. The book chronicles not only his search for the bird and aspects of its natural history, but presents encounters with many other birds of Central America as well. A must read."

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Paperback 1987.

197 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

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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