When I first received the book, “The Curse of The Labrador Duck,” I thought, ok, maybe it’s a mystery. Then I read on – “My Obsessive Quest To The Edge of Extinction” – oh great, an environmentalist book. Then I read the first few pages of Dr. Glen Chilton’s memoir, and I was hooked.
Yes, this is a sort of mystery as Chilton sets out to find every stuffed specimen, bone or egg of the extinct Labrador Duck, a quest that literally takes him around the world. And yes, it’s an environmentalist piece, in that it’s a shame that such a fascinating duck is extinct at all. But overall, this unique book is a memoir of one man’s enthusiasm for his job and his unending passion for seeking the answers to the questions that interest him.