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Mr. Allbones' Ferrets - Fiona Farrell - Bogormen
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Mr. Allbones' Ferrets - Fiona Farrell
Title: Mr. Allbones' Ferrets
Author: Fiona Farrell
Genre: Historical fiction
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 215
Date read: August, 2009

A chance encounter one night introduces our hero, Walter Allbones, to the beautiful Eugenia and her grandfather, Pitford, a natural scientist and collector of rare birds. Allbones is a ferret whisperer, so to speak, and Pitford recruits him to collect a bunch of ferrets for export.

Within months of their meeting, the three embark upon a perilous voyage that will produce most dramatic and unexpected results.

Very different from what I had expected. The story of how ferrets were introduced to New Zealand fauna, the writing style and genre reminded me a lot more of the emigration novels written at the turn of the last century than anything recent.

I was a bit hesitant about the story to begin with, but have to admit it grew on me. I really liked Walter Allbones, and wanted to learn more about him. The other characters were nothing special though - not very well fleshed out at all, and stereotypes were abundant.

A quick and pleasant enough read, but probably not a book that will stay with me for very long.

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