...Jim Currie came through this time as he had those many years before with flying colors (as for that last trip, I ended up in a lively disco, dancing the nights away in neighboring Dakar — the soul’s ways are indeed mysterious).
....Saddam’s Parrot, is beautifully written, funny and even poignant in places.
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...Currie gives us a marvelous character in Marianne, a wiry and witty work-a-day waitress who spends her off-hours advocating for elephants at the SF City Zoo while trying to raise funds to establish a wildlife sanctuary far outside the city. The search for sanctuary funding eventually leads to a confrontation with powerful political figures from the Bush era—and a not-surprising criminal enterprise, complete with snipers. There are two end-of-the-book crescendos in the story. One involves a pigeon race; the other involves a sniper shootout in downtown San Francisco.
...This is one of those stories that you can easily imagine reappearing as a movie. Saddam's Parrot is a well-crafted bit of entertainment that rewards the reader with loads of elephant lore and many vivid and memorable moments.
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