Chasing Kangaroos: A Continent, a Scientist, and a Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Creature [Grove Press]
For those who believe in dinosaurs
Boys can always be divided into two categories: those who throw rocks (the popular majority) and those who collect them (the inevitable outcasts). Itâ€™s from this latter category of fossil fanatics that mammologists, paleontologists and other such obscure professionals emergeâ€”professionals like Tim flannery. The scientistâ€™s most recent work, Chasing Kangaroos, is fundamentally aboutâ€”no shocker hereâ€”flanneryâ€™s personal journey to understand the kangaroo. While there are bouts of humor and anecdote, the memoir is regrettably often as lackluster as it sounds.
Still, despite lapses of intrigue, Chasing Kangaroos has actually done something quite novel. In a time where pride in oneâ€™s country is a rarity, flannery has written a love letter to his, a piece of literature that hasnâ€™t been drudged through the mire of politics. Just as much as Chasing Kangaroos is about the evolution of a creature, itâ€™s also flanneryâ€™s acknowledgement of Australiaâ€™s inherent uniqueness, a uniqueness he begs is not casually lost in the growing conformity of the global landscape.