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The Zoo, by Isobel Charman

The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo: 1826-1851 - Isobel Charman

Reader, I skimmed this book. Isobel Charman’s The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo, 1826-1851 is the kind of historical writing that I loathe, unfortunately. While Charman did her homework by digging through the archives of the Zoological Society of London, she writes this history as though it’s a novel, full of little vignettes of city life and the thoughts and emotions of the men who created London Zoo. The Zoo’s history is, on its own, interesting enough to sustain my interest. That’s what I wanted. So I skimmed to get the historical details and ignored what I saw as filler...

 

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.