By Mary McCarthy
A poignant and evocative novel of self-discovery that follows a tender guy in the US and in another country, on a trip into maturity in the course of the turbulent 1960s
It is 1964, and Peter Levi, a tender scholar and fowl watcher, has come to Paris to check on the Sorbonne. Shy and blameless at nineteen years outdated, he arrives clean from a longer Maine vacation along with his vivacious mom, and is set to stay a existence freed from undesirable issues and pointless tension. yet this can be an period of significant switch on the earth, a time while struggle is looming in Southeast Asia and social unrest is simmering. there's a lot to hassle and confuse the younger American as he trips via overseas countries—and feelings—into maturity. For Peter, the simplicity of early life is over—and his new existence is turning into more and more advanced in a global starting to be extra unrecognizable through the day.
Mary McCarthy’s splendid Birds of America is a relocating and marvelous coming-of-age story: the unforgettable tale of a tender man’s awakening, and a beautiful evocation of the disorienting swap of the Sixties.
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The Horntail has one of the longest fire-breathing ranges (up to fifty feet). Its eggs are cement-coloured and particularly hard-shelled; the young club their way out using their tails, whose spikes are well developed at birth. The Hungarian Horntail feeds on goats, sheep and, whenever possible, humans. Norwegian Ridgeback The Norwegian Ridgeback resembles the Horntail in most respects, though instead of tail spikes it sports particularly prominent jet-black ridges along its back. Exceptionally aggressive to its own kind, the Ridgeback is nowadays one of the rarer dragon breeds.
Classification: XXXX The Occamy is found in the Far East and India. A plumed, twolegged winged creature with a serpentine body, the Occamy may reach a length of fifteen feet. It feeds mainly on rats and birds, though has been known to carry off monkeys. The Occamy is aggressive to all who approach it, particularly in defence of its eggs, whose shells are made of the purest, softest silver. M. Classification: XXXX11 The phoenix is a magnificent, swan-sized, scarlet bird with a long golden tail, beak, and talons.
M. Classification: XXXXX Probably the most famous of all magical beasts, dragons are among the most difficult to hide. The female is generally larger and more aggressive than the male, though neither should be approached by any but highly skilled and trained wizards. Dragon hide, blood, heart, liver, and horn all have highly magical properties, but dragon eggs are defined as Class A Non-Tradeable Goods. 10 There are ten breeds of dragon, though these have been known to interbreed on occasion, producing rare hybrids.