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Spanning more than 20 years, these essays record changes not only in the natural environment of Cape Cod but in the writer's own life. Death of a Hornet is one man's elegant rendering of Cape Cod, a sandy, scrub-oaked, tough, and vulnerable spit of land reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean. These stories are natural adventures that Finch's previous readers have come to ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 23rd 2001 by Counterpoint (first published 2000)
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GoldGato
Jul 03, 2012 GoldGato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never been to Cape Cod, but author Robert Finch makes it a magical spit of land begging me to follow to see one-horned bison, fearless chickadees, and rescued whales. He describes a land of natural beauty, now being spoiled by the ever encroaching humans who destroy herring ponds and frighten frogs, all in the name of "progress".

So it is with blackberries. If you pull too hard, you may get the berry but you will lose the sweetness of it. On the other hand, if you leave it, it may be gone t
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I enjoyed reading Mr. Finch's observations as he walked around Cape Cod, especially around my favorite town of Wellfleet, and his comments about what it was like to try to rescue beached whales and following the lives of mailbox spiders. I would like to be nosey and go see just which house in the town of Wellfleet he dreamed of buying but never did.
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Robert Finch has lived on and written about Cape Cod for forty years. He is the author of six collections of essays and co-editor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing.
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