By Victoria de Rijke
The squat, noisy duck occupies a well known position within the human cultural mind's eye, as evidenced via every thing from the rubber duck of adolescence baths to coverage advertisements. With Duck,Victoria de Rijke explores the universality of this quacking chook throughout the process human tradition and history.
From the Eider duck to the Brazilian teal to the well-known mallard, duck species are richly varied, and de Rijke bargains a finished review in their evolutionary background. She explores the various roles that the duck performs in literature, paintings, and religion—including the Hebrew trust that geese symbolize immortality, and the Finnish delusion that the universe was once hatched from a duck’s egg. the writer additionally highlights the numerous function humor has regularly performed in human imaginings of duck lifestyles, corresponding to the Topographia Hibernia, a twelfth-century tome contending that geese originated as growths on tree trunks washed up on a seashore. however the e-book doesn't forget the bird’s position in way of life besides, from nutrition dishes to jokes to loved lively characters resembling Daffy Duck and Donald Duck. Duck is an pleasing account of a chicken whose specific silhouette is understood across the world.