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Tuco

The Parrot, the Others, and A Scattershot World

by Brian Brett

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A view of the human predicament that is hilarious, sobering and profound.The Globe and Mail

“[Brett’s] writing is so vivid, the observations so telling, that a reader can virtually feel the smooth heft of a collected egg in the palm of a hand or hear the goofy, honking dawn call of the peacock.” —Globe & Mail on Trauma Farm

 

A raucous biography of a remarkable parrot and an incisive exploration of how we relate to those who are different from us.

 

Both a biography of an irreverent African Grey parrot—given to asking “Whaddya know?” and announcing “Party time!”—and an exploration of the history of birds/ dinosaurs, the relationships between humans and birds, our notions of language and intelligence, and our tendency to “other” anything that is different from us, Tuco also describes Brett’s own painful experience of being othered as an androgyne. Provocative, profound, hilarious, and moving, Tuco is most of all the extraordinary story of Brett’s decades-long relationship with this singular bird, what Brett calls “a story we made together.”

About the Author

Brian Brett is the author of Trauma Farm, which won the 2009 Writers’ Trust of Canada Nonfiction Prize, and has written numerous books of poetry and fiction.

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"A lovely book full of wonder and defiance, Tuco asks how a new way of seeing 'otherness' might heal the planet and ourselves." —Kathleen Winter, author of Boundless


"Only a few writers have such a deep life experience as Brian Brett, and we can be grateful that he’s sharing it with us—his humour, his grief, his all-embracing vibrancy, as well as his sharp look at himself and at humankind in general. Through his eyes we observe this likeable, hideous, ridiculous, curious, greedy, warm-hearted and hubristic species that is ours and so regain an almost lost characteristic: modesty in facing all the wonders that surround us." —Jenny Erpenbeck, author of End of Days


"There are so many profound and provocative ideas in this memoir, I don't hesitate in recommending it." —Barbara Lloyd McMichael


"There is despair and anger in these pages to be sure but there is also much joy and hope. Life, Brett is saying, is full of wonders. His book helps to remind us why." —Literary Review of Canada


"Tuco is, at its heart, an account of survival, of the life of the Other, whether in its human or avian form. It’s a beautiful book, rich in both information and emotion, anchored in Brett’s rich, accessible prose and his humble, plain-spoken strength.." —Toronto Star


"Viewing Brian Brett’s animal-haunted life through his eyes is a most unusual pleasure." —Former parrot companion and writer, Graeme Gibson


"Tucois an avian odyssey, an homage to strange birds, both feathered and human. The path winds through the gardens of life, through adventure and heartache, with Brett as your eloquent guide, his delightfully mischievous parrot perched on his shoulder. A remarkable story of interspecies companionship.." —Charlotte Gill, Author ofEating Dirt


"A wonderful gyre of a journey into the mind of man and bird, Tuco is an avian feast of astounding nuggets, tales, and insights. It is also a deep meditation on our place in time and nature: moving, funny, personal yet universal." —Ronald Wright

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