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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks



One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »
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    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543

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The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Vintage Departures) by John Vaillant
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Vintage Departures)

Lisa van Velsor, March 11, 2012

Argh - this book was...frustrating. The actual story behind the book could have been told in about 50 pages. Hell, it could have been told in a long magazine article. The author adds in a million tangents, all which relate to the subject and are *at times* very interesting, but when I wanted to know WHAT HAPPENED I had to wait until the last ~15 pages of the book. Tangent topics included: Anthropology, shamanism, Russian history, development in China, African tribesman that coexist with big cats, evolution... Again, the tangents were tied to the story but sometimes tenuously. You know those NY Times commercials where they talk about how the NYT really "gets inside the story," i.e., gives you context? This book has got context in SPADES.

Another pet peeve: multiple misuses of the word "literally."
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