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Adrift on the Ark: Our Connection to the Natural World Paperback – Mar 1 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Brindle & Glass (Aug. 5 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897142412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897142417
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,670,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In lush yet charming prose, Thompson examines pets and peacocks, swans and bats, and there's even a chapter called 'Pigs Might Fly.' —January Magazine


Each essay is a testament to a mutual sharing of subjectivities and moves us toward a relational consciousness, resulting in the beginning of empathy, care, and compasion. —The Goose


Thompson's descriptions of the personalities of individual creatures that have shared her life is reminiscent of the writings of Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (author of The Pig Who Sang to the Moon). —Animal Literature


Heartwarming and relatable. The [stories] will make you laugh and cry. There is an underlying green message that fits well in today's society. —The Ladysmith Chronicle


Margaret Thompson’s writing is charming and insightful. The book takes you into her world of nature with a vitality that is both particular and universal. —Robert Bateman


Margaret Thompson’s essay collection Adrift on the Ark: Our Connection to the Natural World includes anecdotes and personal memories of her encounters with birds and other animals beyond the two-legged variety. —BC Bookworld


About the Author

Margaret Thompson came to Canada from England in 1967 and taught English at secondary and post-secondary levels until her retirement in 1998. She is the author of seven books, which include a BC2000 Book Award–winning YA novel, short stories, and two collections of personal essays, including Adrift on the Ark: Our Connection to the Natural World. She has also contributed to five anthologies. Margaret is a past president of the Federation of BC Writers and now lives in Victoria, BC, with a basset hound, a neurotic cat, and an itinerant peacock. Visit Margaret online at

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This is a unique and wonderful book, beautifully produced, too. It's modelled on the bestiaries of old, and each of the twenty essays in the book considers a particular creature, and ponders our relationship with it: the spider, the swan, the pet dog, the mouse... Margaret Thompson is eloquent, thoughtful and passionate. Her creatures come alive on the page, and so does she. I highly recommend this book. Buy two, and give one as a gift.
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