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Because It’s Ugly

Jonathan Rosen: Double-Crested Cormorants

8 October 2014
The Double-Crested Cormorant: Plight of a Feathered Pariah 
by Linda Wires.
Yale, 349 pp., £20, June 2014, 978 0 300 18711 3
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... when they’re done they have to hang themselves out to dry. I’d see them lounging on the rocks, spreading their sodden wings wide. In The Double-Crested Cormorant: Plight of a Feathered Pariah LindaWires, a conservation biologist at the University of Minnesota, passionately defends what turns out – weirdly – to be perhaps the most hated bird in America. I knew that ease of identification ...

Lincoln, Illinois

William Fiennes

6 March 1997
All the Days and Nights: The Collected Stories 
by William Maxwell.
Harvill, 415 pp., £10.99, January 1997, 1 86046 308 8
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So Long, See You Tomorrow 
by William Maxwell.
Harvill, 135 pp., £8.99, January 1997, 9781860463075
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... recycles his longer fiction too. In a story called ‘The Gardens of Mont-Saint-Michel’ (1969), John and Dorothy Reynolds are driving to Mont-St-Michel with their daughter Alison and their niece Linda. They recall a previous visit: Eighteen years ago, they had arrived in Pontorson from Cherbourg, by train, by a series of trains, at five o’clock in the afternoon. They had a reservation at a ...

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