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Jamrach's Menagerie

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Paperback published by Vintage (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

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Nineteenth-century London comes vividly alive in this story a street urchin named Jaffy Brown. After a close call with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals. As the years pass, Mr. Jamrach recruits Jaffy and another boy named Tim to capture a fabled dragon during the course of an epic three-year whaling expedition in the East Indies. But when a violent storm sinks the ship, Jaffy and Tim are forced to confront their relationship to the natural world and the wildness it contains. Jamrach’s Menagerie is a truly gripping novel about friendship, sacrifice, and survival.

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Nineteenth-century London comes vividly alive in this story a street urchin named Jaffy Brown. After a close call with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals. As the years pass, Mr. Jamrach recruits Jaffy and another boy named Tim to capture a fabled dragon during the course of an epic three-year whaling expedition in the East Indies. But when a violent storm sinks the ship, Jaffy and Tim are forced to confront their relationship to the natural world and the wildness it contains. Jamrach’s Menagerie is a truly gripping novel about friendship, sacrifice, and survival.

Product Details
Paperback (304 pages)
Published: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307743176
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  • I was born twice. First in a wood room that jutted out over the black water of the Thames, and then again eight years later in the Highway, when the tiger took me in his mouth and...

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  • “Thirst and hunger came on sharp,” Jaffy observes. “The world can divide, can double like vision. So could I. I was here, wide-eyed, mad-silenced, staring at the sky and the dim, gray...

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  • I open my eyes and see upon the violet-blue sky, moon bow, peerless, singing in the east.  Very far away still on my journey, very far away and more beautiful than you could ever imagine.

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