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The book of eels : our enduring fascination with the most mysterious creature in the natural world / Patrik Svensson ; translated from the Swedish by Agnes Broomé.

Svensson, Patrik, 1972- (author.). Broomé, Agnes, (translator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at Sage Library System.

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Summary:

"The Book of Eels is both a meditation on the world's most elusive fish-the eel-and a reflection on the human condition. Remarkably little is known about the European eel, Anguilla anguilla. So little, in fact, that scientists and philosophers have, for centuries, been obsessed with what has become known as the "eel question": Where do eels come from? What are they? Are they fish or some other kind of creature altogether? Even today, in an age of advanced science, no one has ever seen eels mating or giving birth, and we still don't understand what drives them, after living for decades in freshwater, to swim great distances back to the ocean at the end of their lives. They remain a mystery." --Provided by publisher.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library 597.43 .S968b 2020 (Text) 37814003423119 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 09/10/2021 Available -
Cook Memorial Library - La Grande 597.43 S968 (Text) 35178001836355 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 01/13/2021 Available -
Southern Wasco County Library 597.43 SVEN (Text) 33892006359500 NON-FICTION Book None 07/14/2020 Checked out 10/05/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062968814
  • ISBN: 0062968815
  • Physical Description: 241 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Ecco, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-241).
Formatted Contents Note:
The eel -- By the stream -- Aristotle and the eel born of mud -- Looking into the eyes of an eel -- Sigmund Freud and the eels of Trieste -- Illegal fishing -- The Dane who found the eel's breeding ground -- Swimming against the current -- The people who fish for eel -- Outwitting the eel -- The uncanny eel -- To kill an animal -- Under the sea -- Setting an eel trap -- The long journey home -- Becoming a fool -- The eel on the brink of extinction -- In the Sargasso Sea.
Summary, etc.:
"The Book of Eels is both a meditation on the world's most elusive fish-the eel-and a reflection on the human condition. Remarkably little is known about the European eel, Anguilla anguilla. So little, in fact, that scientists and philosophers have, for centuries, been obsessed with what has become known as the "eel question": Where do eels come from? What are they? Are they fish or some other kind of creature altogether? Even today, in an age of advanced science, no one has ever seen eels mating or giving birth, and we still don't understand what drives them, after living for decades in freshwater, to swim great distances back to the ocean at the end of their lives. They remain a mystery." --Provided by publisher.
Original Version Note:
Originally published as: Ålevangeliet. Sweden : Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2019.
Language Note:
Translated from the Swedish.
Subject: Eels.

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