Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish

3.84 avg rating
( 527 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780060566111: Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish

This is a delightful work with the urgency of a good detective story. Thomas McGuane

I loved it! A beautiful adventure story of one of the most wide-spread and least-known but ecologically important fish. Bernd Heinrich, author of Summer World

Famous for his deeply informed, compulsively readable books on trout, writer-painter James Prosek (whom the New York Times has called the Audubon of the fishing world ) takes on nature s quirkiest and most enigmatic fish: the eel. Fans of Mark Kurlansky s Cod and The Big Oyster or Trevor Corson s The Secret Life of Lobsters will love Prosek s probing exploration of the hidden deep-water dwellers. With characteristically captivating prose and lavish illustrations, Prosek demystifies the eel s unique biology and bizarre mating routines, and illuminates the animal s varied roles in the folklore, cuisine, and commerce of a variety of cultures.

"

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"Enthralling. . . . The eel's story is remarkable, and so are Prosek's tales of eel people."--New Scientist

"I loved it! A beautiful adventure story of one of the most wide-spread and least-known but ecologically important fish."--Bernd Heinrich, author of Summer World

"[Prosek is] a diligent natural historian, keen to the greater landscape. . . . A warm, enrapturing paean to the totemic potency of eels."--Kirkus Reviews

"This is a delightful work with the urgency of a good detective story."--Thomas McGuane

"Prosek has a talent for observation. . . . He finds the beauty in things, the hook, the reason why they get to us, why they lodge in our subconscious. . . . Yes, it's a book about eels -- but it's the stuff of dreams, and it's all true."--"Los Angeles Times"

"A wonderful account of far-flung travels in pursuit of the secrets of the earth's most mysterious fish. . . . Fascinating and beautifully rendered."--Peter Matthiessen

"[A] riveting synthesis of cultural, geographical, and botanical sleuthing."--Publishers Weekly

"The tale of Ray Turner, a man who still fishes for eels the traditional way with a hand-built weir, is at the heart of the book, tying the mythology, the mystery, and the commerce of eels together into his story."--Booklist

""Eels" [is] more than a fish book. It is an impassioned defense of nature itself... In Eels, he passes on the truth that the often disdained eel, like all migratory fish, is vital and mysterious and worthy of our full effort to bring it back."--"New York Times Book Review"

"Entertaining. . . . Prosek's writing is fluid and relaxed"--"Washington Post"

"An engagingly written account... Readers interested in anthropology and folklore, fishing, and natural history will also enjoy this volume, which is enhanced by the author's etchings."--Library Journal

"A comprehensive and appreciative study of one of the world's most mysterious creatures. . . . [Prosek] has collected anguilline myths, lore and recipes from all over the world"--The Economist

"Eels" [is] more than a fish book. It is an impassioned defense of nature itself... In Eels, he passes on the truth that the often disdained eel, like all migratory fish, is vital and mysterious and worthy of our full effort to bring it back. --"New York Times Book Review""

A wonderful account of far-flung travels in pursuit of the secrets of the earth s most mysterious fish. . . . Fascinating and beautifully rendered. --Peter Matthiessen"

[A] riveting synthesis of cultural, geographical, and botanical sleuthing. --Publishers Weekly"

This is a delightful work with the urgency of a good detective story. --Thomas McGuane"

I loved it! A beautiful adventure story of one of the most wide-spread and least-known but ecologically important fish. --Bernd Heinrich, author of Summer World"

[Prosek is] a diligent natural historian, keen to the greater landscape. . . . A warm, enrapturing paean to the totemic potency of eels. --Kirkus Reviews"

An engagingly written account... Readers interested in anthropology and folklore, fishing, and natural history will also enjoy this volume, which is enhanced by the author s etchings. --Library Journal"

Enthralling. . . . The eel s story is remarkable, and so are Prosek s tales of eel people. --New Scientist"

A comprehensive and appreciative study of one of the world s most mysterious creatures. . . . [Prosek] has collected anguilline myths, lore and recipes from all over the world --The Economist"

The tale of Ray Turner, a man who still fishes for eels the traditional way with a hand-built weir, is at the heart of the book, tying the mythology, the mystery, and the commerce of eels together into his story. --Booklist"

Eels [is] more than a fish book. It is an impassioned defense of nature itself... In Eels, he passes on the truth that the often disdained eel, like all migratory fish, is vital and mysterious and worthy of our full effort to bring it back. -- New York Times Book Review"

Prosek has a talent for observation. . . . He finds the beauty in things, the hook, the reason why they get to us, why they lodge in our subconscious. . . . Yes, it s a book about eels but it s the stuff of dreams, and it s all true. -- Los Angeles Times"

Entertaining. . . . Prosek s writing is fluid and relaxed -- Washington Post"

From the Back Cover:

They spawn in the middle of the ocean but spend their adult lives in freshwater. They can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and even cross over land. They are revered as guardians and monster-seducers by New Zealand s Maori, yet are often viewed with disgust in the West. They are a multibillion-dollar business in the Asian food market. They are often mistaken for snakes. They are eels one of the world s most amazing and least understood fish. (Yes, fish.)

James Prosek offers a fascinating tour through the life history and cultural associations of the freshwater eel, exploring its biology, its myth and lore, its mystery and beauty. Eels is a mesmerizing biography of an intriguing and mysterious creature, as well as a telling look at humanity, the will to persist, and the ever-changing relationship between man and the natural world.

"

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Prosek, James
Published by Harper
ISBN 10: 0060566116 ISBN 13: 9780060566111
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Savontextbooks
(West Bloomfield, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0060566116 NEW WITH DUST COVER HAWAII AND ALASKA CUSTOMERS PLEASE USE PRIORITY SHIPPING ONLY SHIPS 2 BUS DAYS. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1034810

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.21
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

James Prosek
Published by Harper (2010)
ISBN 10: 0060566116 ISBN 13: 9780060566111
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060566116

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.21
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

James Prosek
ISBN 10: 0060566116 ISBN 13: 9780060566111
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800605661111.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
14.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.21
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Prosek, James
Published by Harper 2010-09-21 (2010)
ISBN 10: 0060566116 ISBN 13: 9780060566111
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper 2010-09-21, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First. 0060566116 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-0060566116

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
18.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.21
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

James Prosek
Published by Harper (2010)
ISBN 10: 0060566116 ISBN 13: 9780060566111
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060566116

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
25.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Prosek, James
Published by Harper (2010)
ISBN 10: 0060566116 ISBN 13: 9780060566111
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060566116

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
26.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.40
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds