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Zarafa: A Giraffe's True Story, from Deep in Africa to the Heart of Paris Paperback – August 10, 1999
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Michael Allin intertwines natural history with a brutal chapter in the history of civilization, augmenting the clarity of both. This story of one docile animal contrasts sharply with those of the human profiteers, warmongers, and interlopers who ultimately decide her fate. But Zarafa's otherworldly charm also helps us to understand the intrigue that led Napoleon to bring not only his troops, but a small army of European intellectuals to study all aspects of Egyptian culture and history, in the invasion that sets up her story. --Lauran Cole Warner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is a lovely book with much research into the times and wider history of the cultures and countries involved. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clare O'Beara
What a remarkable and true story. Lots and lots of interesting history tidbits about Africa, the Mediterranean and France, throughout the centuries.Published 5 months ago by Madame Pele
Delightful historical story...with Napoleon and a sweet star of Nature!Published 9 months ago by F. Stapleton
"Zarafa" is a wonderful true story about a giraffe, a pawn in international politics that survives a 2 1/2 year journey from the Sudan to Paris, France to become a darling... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nancy M Graves
a great little book. A supplement to the big history. Interesting, funny and touching.Published 14 months ago by helge
"Zarafa" is supposed to be one of those books about a popular fad that either illuminates an age or provides a talented writer a launching point for extended but not necessarily... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Harry Eagar
This is one of my favorite books... I cannot believe that no one has made a movie of it. Baz, are you listening? Read morePublished 15 months ago by grumpy
I had to read this for my college class, it was very interesting and full of historical figuresPublished 16 months ago by HonestBuddha