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Murder by Death 4 years ago
I'm still in Russia with Alexander; and omg that anthrax section! and I laughed about his deviousness with Cancrin and how he leaves him behind. :D
BrokenTune 4 years ago
That anthrax section had me stumped. I had to read this two or three times to believe that he actually did this - AND SURVIVED!!!

I loved his deviousness. After him being pushed around in the previous part of the book and people using him for their agenda, I enjoyed watching him standing up to people.
Elentarri's Book Blog 4 years ago
I also found the chapter on Thoreau a bit out of place - until I read part 5. It's more of the same. I didn't really like those chapters too much. The author should have swapped the last chapter of part 4 and the first chapter of part 5 around, but then that probably messes up the chronology.
BrokenTune 4 years ago
Thanks for the heads up. I will look out for this.
As for Thoreau, it may just have been that I was not impressed much with Thoreau himself. If he had been less flaky, I might have enjoyed that chapter more.
I had thought anthrax was a 20th Century bio-weapon...
It was "weaponized" in the 20th century, but the disease itself is old and deadly.
I myself think the Thoreau chapter may have been directed at many American environmentalists, who seem to think that Thoreau "invented nature." (Not so fast, my friend!)
BrokenTune 4 years ago
That could very well be! She might also have included it to set up her final chapter about John Muir.