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This book is not about rats I learned a few things about them they can collapse their bodies and can squeeze through any hole as big as their heads they can take cats in a fight , but this book was mostly about the author s life and interviews of all sorts of terminally dull people intimately or slightly connected to rats He made extermination boring impossible The author himself was kind of a wuss when it came to both rats understandable and his interview subjects deplorable in a jou This book is not about rats I learned a few things about them they can collapse their bodies and can squeeze through any hole as big as their heads they can take cats in a fight , but this book was mostly about the author s life and interviews of all sorts of terminally dull people intimately or slightly connected to rats He made extermination boring impossible The author himself was kind of a wuss when it came to both rats understandable and his interview subjects deplorable in a journalist His investigation of rats was limited to watching them from a chair outside an alley, and I swear an entire chapter was devoted to him trying but failing to gain a private audience with America s foremost rat expert at a rat convention My search for the perfect rat resource skitters greasily on I found this book both frustrating and pointless While there were a handful of interesting factoids and anecdotes, I learned next to nothing about rats About half of the book is him saying I was getting ready to go look at rats and the last half is his extremely superficial observations of rats in an alley They like to eat They run along walls He can maybe, MAYBE, recognize a single rat after months and months of observations There is a weird part where he gives up on any effort at nar I found this book both frustrating and pointless While there were a handful of interesting factoids and anecdotes, I learned next to nothing about rats About half of the book is him saying I was getting ready to go look at rats and the last half is his extremely superficial observations of rats in an alley They like to eat They run along walls He can maybe, MAYBE, recognize a single rat after months and months of observations There is a weird part where he gives up on any effort at narrative consistency and just includes a bullet point list of things he did once in Milwaukee The flow is really disjointed The worst part of this book, though, is the insufferably pretentious writing style of the author, which periodically builds to a fever pitch At one point he offers what is purportedly excerpts from the diary he kept while sitting in the alley Within one hour, he has quoted Confucius, Milton, and a Latin aphorism, all to make weak jokes about rats It took a supreme effort of will to read past that section without my head exploding in incredulity It s pretty obvious that the author has some weird inferiority complex regarding writing about such a low topic and that he s compensating with overblown efforts to show he s above his subject There are even cringeworthy sections where he describes himself justifying writing the book to people at cocktail parties Dude, if you don t think your subject is inherently worthy, DON T WRITE THE BOOK The rats deserve better The cover is the best part about this book, so drink that in and then move on This book was and I am choosing this word carefully, given the title delightful Yes, it s about rats, and not cute rats that become pets Robert Sullivan writes about the big brown rats with scary teeth that live in the alleys and sewers and garbage of New York City It is spectacularly interesting, sometimes very funny, and, at times, deeply moving. This is a rambling and ultimately disappointing book Rats as a microcosm of human history should make a fascinating study, butthey don t At least, not here The author seems unable to decide what his book is really about Is it about his daily observations of rats in an alley in New York Is it about New York City itself with rats as a vehicle and focal point Is it about human history in relation to rats The author jumps randomly between these lines of thought, giving none of them serious This is a rambling and ultimately disappointing book Rats as a microcosm of human history should make a fascinating study, butthey don t At least, not here The author seems unable to decide what his book is really about Is it about his daily observations of rats in an alley in New York Is it about New York City itself with rats as a vehicle and focal point Is it about human history in relation to rats The author jumps randomly between these lines of thought, giving none of them serious attention One would think that any of these three subjects could fill 220 pages, but instead, the book contains lots of padding completely unrelated blow by blow descriptions of Sullivan s jaunts to various marginally rat related places and people.An excerpt I was able to stop in the middle of Union Station and lean back against a wall and watch people as they streamed in and out of train track exits and entrances, in and out of exits to Chicago s streets, of the entrance and exits to a restaurant also marked with signs indicating areas for ordering food to go versus to stay I smelled food I grabbed some Pages of this stuff, going nowhere, like a poor travel writer describing his vacation.In addition, the author is at pains to tell us that he does not like rats and thinks they re disgusting He exhibits a strange squeamishness, even after spending many hours watching rats As someone who does feel a level of compassion and interest in rats as animals, I found his attitude tiresome He seemed concerned that the audience might actually think he liked his subjects.If you re interested in rats, give this book a miss If you re interested in minutia about New York City, you might find some jumping off points for further research A good book with a great cover by Cooper Grad Peter Sis also did the Whale seen on the new trains as part of the Arts for Transit program Ah, if only everyone judged this book by its cover it would have done even better Unfortunatelyl some smart people unlike me read reviews first The author, a layman takes on studying rats in New York by repeatedly visiting an alley that I myself have previously reported to 311 for Rat issues There are lots of strange tid bits of information but also lo A good book with a great cover by Cooper Grad Peter Sis also did the Whale seen on the new trains as part of the Arts for Transit program Ah, if only everyone judged this book by its cover it would have done even better Unfortunatelyl some smart people unlike me read reviews first The author, a layman takes on studying rats in New York by repeatedly visiting an alley that I myself have previously reported to 311 for Rat issues There are lots of strange tid bits of information but also lots of dead ends to his tirades To publish a book the author has added chapters on Plagues and other grotesque things in other cities which don t directly play into his New York theme This weakens the book and these chapters fall in at strange intervals I feel the volume could have been published just as easily without them He has a newer book on the Meadowlands Although Rats left me a bit disappointed, and the afterword,annoyed than anything, I ll pick it up mainly because of the subject and also because it doesn t require me to think This is a good book for reading on a packed subway when you don t have to focus and keeps you from being disgusted by the uglies that surround you Urban nature writing While researching rats, Sullivan also tells the story of the social history of the New York alley he becomes a fixture in He becomes this fixture so the rats become comfortable with him there and they go about their business of running through restaurant garbage every night He also attends exterminator conventions in the mid west and is given access to the World Trade Center after 9 11 to find the rats are doing well and fine among all the death and destruction.I found th Urban nature writing While researching rats, Sullivan also tells the story of the social history of the New York alley he becomes a fixture in He becomes this fixture so the rats become comfortable with him there and they go about their business of running through restaurant garbage every night He also attends exterminator conventions in the mid west and is given access to the World Trade Center after 9 11 to find the rats are doing well and fine among all the death and destruction.I found this book full of random and interesting information about rats and their place in this world I was also entertained through the whole book and amazed that this guy s wife let him back in the house every night i started reading this book while i was working in the idaho desert without real barrier between myself and the surrounding environment read rodents after a few nights, i decided that the fact i was trying to avoid acknowledging the rats crawling on and around me as i tried to go to sleep wasn t the best time to be reading this book this book acheives a laudable success in documenting the amazingly disgusting existence, habits and characteristics of rats, as it sets out to do, perhaps all i started reading this book while i was working in the idaho desert without real barrier between myself and the surrounding environment read rodents after a few nights, i decided that the fact i was trying to avoid acknowledging the rats crawling on and around me as i tried to go to sleep wasn t the best time to be reading this book this book acheives a laudable success in documenting the amazingly disgusting existence, habits and characteristics of rats, as it sets out to do, perhaps all too well and the history presented is intriguing i particularly love the scene, as i ve explained to many, many people since reading it, about the underground rat fighting circuits staged in the back of seedy lower eastside taverns at the turn of the century the image of men chasing and capturing rats in a makeshift ring, then with only their bare hands and bloody cheeks, breaking the rats necks between their teeth can only be described as AWESOME &KINDLE ⇲ Rats ☠ New York Public Library Book for the Teenager New York Public Library Book to Remember PSLA Young Adult TopNonfiction Titles of the Year Engaginga lively, informative compendium of facts, theories, and musings Michiko Kakutani, New York TimesBehold the rat, dirty and disgusting Robert Sullivan turns the lowly rat into the star of this most perversely intriguing, remarkable, and unexpectedly elegant New York Times bestsellerLove them or loathe them, rats are here to stay they are city dwellers as much as or than we are, surviving on the effluvia of our society In Rats, the critically acclaimed bestseller, Robert Sullivan spends a year investigating a rat infested alley just a few blocks away from Wall Street Sullivan gets to know not just the beast but its friends and foes the exterminators, the sanitation workers, the agitators and activists who have played their part in the centuries old war between human city dweller and wild city ratSullivan looks deep into the largely unrecorded history of the city and its masses its herds of rats like mob Funny, wise, sometimes disgusting but always compulsively readable, Rats earns its unlikely place alongside the great classics of nature writingWith an all new Afterword by the author As someone who is fascinated by the unlooked for causalities that affect human history and development, I liked reading about the parallel histories of humans and rats in NYC The way the city s geography, alcohol steeped underbelly and tenement past all had distinct rat relationships and were in turn shaped by the existence of the rat populations is awesome While the overall tone was trulyof an ode to the rat, I was able to gleanabout my new home and new epidemiologically relevant As someone who is fascinated by the unlooked for causalities that affect human history and development, I liked reading about the parallel histories of humans and rats in NYC The way the city s geography, alcohol steeped underbelly and tenement past all had distinct rat relationships and were in turn shaped by the existence of the rat populations is awesome While the overall tone was trulyof an ode to the rat, I was able to gleanabout my new home and new epidemiologically relevant books to add to my to reading list not to mention a bunch of neat random facts to add to my trove Another great idea for a book that fell a bit flat Sullivan spent a great deal of time sitting in an alley watching rats, but I don t think he really discovered all that much that wasn t already known He mentions several scientists whose experiences would have been muchinformative and interesting to read than this bit For instance, one scientists takes rats off a street in Balti and then presents them with various bits of garbage to see which they prefer Sullivan remarks that onc Another great idea for a book that fell a bit flat Sullivan spent a great deal of time sitting in an alley watching rats, but I don t think he really discovered all that much that wasn t already known He mentions several scientists whose experiences would have been muchinformative and interesting to read than this bit For instance, one scientists takes rats off a street in Balti and then presents them with various bits of garbage to see which they prefer Sullivan remarks that once the rats are in the garbage bags on his alley, he has no idea what they are doing and can only watch the bag ripple with their movements