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Posted January 8, 2002
A Great Debut for Gordon Grice
In The Red Hourglass; Lives of the Predators, Gordon Grice accomplishes some great things. He gracefully introduces the reader to the fascinating world of nature¿s fiercest predators with a language and story-telling style that is both compelling and entertaining. He also conveys a friendly rapport with the reader, often through a technique reminiscent of great fireside folktales. Missing from the book is the authoritative tone so common in science manuals, and ever-present is the gentle, if not compelling, descriptions of a writer who wants to lead his readers not through the science lab, but through the annals of his childhood memories, and the impact the glorious, if not startling, discoveries of the natural world have made on his life. Grice¿s essays on Mantids, Black Widows, Pigs, and Canids are the most powerful when he combines the predatory and mating habits of these creatures with philosophical commentary on how these wonderful creatures have, throughout history, reflected man¿s most primitive, ancient fears. Whether you are a fan of biology and entomology, perhaps just starting to discover the world outside of your front door, or you¿re a lover of modern, American non-fiction literature, you will find yourself quite at home with Grice¿s excellent debut.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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