saturdayslaughter's review against another edition

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reflective slow-paced

3.5

I liked it, but I did find it very annoying at times. It’s slow and philosophical and half an autobiography and I wasn’t prepared for that, so at some point it started really getting on my nerves. I just wanted to learn about eels! Also some of the rambling minor questions in the philosophy bits are just, silly? Or at least I disagreed. I wish it had been a bit faster paced, but I did find it interesting again and the ending was compelling. 

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sokkaspoon's review against another edition

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informative reflective medium-paced

3.0

Spoiler The book was well written, but the author took too much time to talk about his relationship with his dad. I did not care and only wanted to learn about eels. It felt like he was trying to find meaning in life through eels and I didn't like having to read about his life. There were some interesting facts about eels, but not enough for a book titled The Book of Eels
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ehmannky's review against another edition

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informative reflective slow-paced

4.0

 
Huh. Eels are real weird. That was takeaway #1. Takeaway #2, I have gone from having literally no opinions about eels to wanting desperately for them to survive beyond humans. They're just so alien and wonderfully aloof. I also loved the interweaving of Svensson's personal narrative throughout the piece. I honestly can say that without his personal memoir built around eels, I would not have been nearly as invested in these truly weird creatures that live so far from the desert I live in. A really interesting science read that crosses over to memoirs.



 

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