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A stunningly original exploration of the ties that bind us to the beautiful, ancient, astoundingly accomplished, largely unknown, and unfathomably different species with whom we share the world.
For as long as humans have existed, insects have been our constant companions. Yet we hardly know them, not even the ones we’re closest to: those that eat our food, share our beds, and live in our homes. Organizing his book alphabetically, Hugh Raffles weaves together brief vignettes, meditations, and extended essays, taking the reader on a mesmerizing exploration of history and science, anthropology and travel, economics, philosophy, and popular culture. Insectopedia shows us how insects have triggered our obsessions, stirred our passions, and beguiled our imaginations.
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detailed, provocative, provoking, annoying2012年9月26日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Erudite, well-travelled, better read, and concentrating on an area that gives most of us the jitters ... bugs! A tour de force in the classic sense: meandering, without strong focus (unless it is the mysterious "umwelt," itself a lonely desire). Read this book and you will have 20 more to read, provided in the copious, well-thought out notes. Read this book and you will learn that the other is not just the other, but could be the moth fluttering around your lamp or the cockroach in the corner. Read it and you can, as well, be put off by the author's person and personality - who cares that sand flies pestered him in Santa Barbara? But aside from his occasional winging and whinging, those who want to know more about insects, and more about what it means to think of insects, will be well-served by Insectopedia. Thoughtful and written to be mentally munched over: if you like to read about what you think, as well as think about what you read, you will profit by Raffles; the Diderot of our six-legged creatures.
Excellent all around2014年3月3日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Hugh Raffles approaches the subject of human-arthropod interaction from a unique point of view. He is an anthropologist so he brings to the table the point of view of one well acquainted with the details of human culture. Written as a series of essays that can easily stand alone, the stories presented are often unique and memorable. Partly tracing the history of Entomology and partly dealing with commercial and cultural uses of bugs, these vignettes never cease to delight the reader. Be prepared for some topics to bother the squeamish, however. Use of bugs in fetishes, combat, and as food, may not be easy subjects for all to enjoy. But the parts you do like will inform and delight you. As a person just beginning the study of insects, I found this book considerably more approachable than my textbooks. Often I chose to pick it up instead of keys and memorizing technical terms. And most of all, it was a fun read.