Kingbird Highway by Kenn Kaufman
Thursday, January 7, 2010 11:03:42 AM
A very enjoyable recounting of Kenn's early years on the road, chasing birds and bird lists with a fervor known only to those in the grip of an obsession. I found his criss crossing the country by thumb a friendly reminder of how much times have changed since the early 1970's.
While not the best example of Mr. Kaufman's writing, it does give a great deal of insight into how he viewed the world in his late teens and can be forgiven if the mental voice of our narrator is that of a less than worldly kid from Kansas. The writing is still compelling enough to see the journey through to its end and the places Kenn visits along the way are filled with enough colorful birds and birders that I found the novel entirely entertaining.