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International praise for The Gospel of Eels

Posted on 13/02/2020 in Review

“An account of the mysterious life of eels that also serves as a meditation on consciousness, faith, time, light and darkness, and life and death… [Svensson] warns that if we are to save this fascinating creature from extinction, we must continue to study it. His book is a highly readable place to begin learning. Unsentimental nature writing that sheds as much light on humans as on eels.”
— Kirkus Reviews
 
 
“What an amazing book.  About eels! — a haunting and extraordinary creature. When Eugenio Montale wanted a metaphor for the revival of Europe after World War II, he found it in a glimpse of a gold-brown eel in a muddy Ligurian stream, and when Rachel Carson wanted to convey to her readers the intricacy of the relationship between salt and fresh water, she imagined the migration of eels. Patrik Svensson explores both their mystery and the science that has brought them into focus in the last few decades and made them seem a vivid indicator species for the health of our planet.”
— Robert Hass, author of Summer Snow
 
 
“A wonderful read. The story of the eel is one of the most fascinating on the planet, but equally fascinating is the story Patrik Svensson tells so well here about the mysteries of being.”
— Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven
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