Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants
The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback with an all-new afterword by the author.Love them or loathe them, rats are here to stay-they are city dwellers as much as (or more than) we are, surviving on the effluvia of our society. In Rats, the critically acclaimed bestseller, Robert... show more
The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback with an all-new afterword by the author.Love them or loathe them, rats are here to stay-they are city dwellers as much as (or more than) we are, surviving on the effluvia of our society. In Rats, the critically acclaimed bestseller, Robert Sullivan spends a year investigating a rat-infested alley just a few blocks away from Wall Street. Sullivan gets to know not just the beast but its friends and foes: the exterminators, the sanitation workers, the agitators and activists who have played their part in the centuries-old war between human city dweller and wild city rat. Sullivan looks deep into the largely unrecorded history of the city and its masses-its herds-of-rats-like mob. Funny, wise, sometimes disgusting but always compulsively readable, Rats earns its unlikely place alongside the great classics of nature writing.
Publish date: April 11th 2005
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
, Natural History
, Science Nature
, New York
Full review here:Rats, yes, I am writing about a book about RATS!The book in one sentence: A man observes rats in a obscure alley in New York ... for fun!My thoughts: I first mentioned this book in a Friday 56 way back in October 2011. I read this over several months and I wanted to write about this...
"If they are not eating, then rats are usually having sex."Shudder.This is a great book. I haven't read much in the way of popular science books, but Rats was immensely enjoyable. Weaving in and out of discussions about the behaviors and history of rats to move into bits about the strange people who...
So, it's not as much about rats as I thought it would be. And when I read the first bit to decide if I wanted to read it, I thought there'd be more about rat-people parallels, and the ones there were weren't really all that great.It was a pretty entertaining read nonetheless, but if you think you'r...
Rats by Robert Sullivan is a fascinating study of rats and their cohabitation with humans. One particularly interesting section was on rats and plague, which, as you may know, is spread to humans by the rat flea. Apparently the Japanese were the first to experiment with the use of plague as a biolog...
Some interesting facts about the species but not especially well written and kind of boring.