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  • An Engaging Read But Maybe Too Many Edibles

    I will confess that until I picked up this book, I didn't know there was an "Eel Question" or that eels were the "subject of enduring fascination," as the book jacket suggests. Nevertheless, I found this brief engaging meditation on (yes) eels a whimsical delight. While it is a book "of" eels, it is a book "about" far more: Freud, troubles in Northern Ireland, American thanksgiving, Rachel Carson, global warming, and the author's word-starved love for his father. For this father and son pair, eel fishing together was a way of expressing love and the uncanny eel-related event that takes place after the father's death confirms this. There is a lot of science in this book, but an equal fascination with the unexplained, hard to explain and uncanny that keeps it ever from being dry. If the author resorts to some juvenile noodlings and questioning about life's meaning that suggest he ate too many edibles, still his sincerity is unquestionable. I confess that author draws a number of false equivalencies, particularly when trying to address the notion of faith. Similarly, he makes some leaps of logic I just didn't have the gumption or brains to follow. But mostly, this meandering exploration of life on the back of eels was warm, thoughtful and thought-provoking, and an easy, pleasurable read.

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  • A wonderful diacovery

    The mystery is sustained until the end. Its about a fascinating creature and us. Compelling and compassionate. t

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