Rats appear in countless fictional books - giant
rats, mutated rats, plague rats - they're the stuff of
nightmares. However, to write a non-fiction book
about common or garden urban rats and make it interesting is
a challenge, but one that Robert Sullivan is more than up
to. Sullivan spent hundreds of hours in a New York
alley observing rats - or more specifically rattus novegicus
(the brown rat), which arrived in North America around the
time of the Revolutionary War and quickly infested virtually
all densely inhabited areas of the continent.
I could fill pages with anecdotes from this book but instead I encourage you to go and read the very extensive excerpt at BookBrowse for yourself. The excerpt is unique to BookBrowse and I guarantee you'll come away with lots of wonderful facts to send shivers down your friends' spines for years to come!
'...an immensely lively, enjoyable, learned, witty and, yes, appealing book on these damnable creatures.' -- The Washington Post
'.. a must pickup for every city dweller, even if you'll feel like you need to wash your hands when you put it down.' -- Publishers Weekly.
This review is from the April 6, 2005 issue of BookBrowse Recommends. Click here to go to this issue.
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