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it was amazing 5.00  ·  Rating details ·  4 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Renowned for only the last five years of his generally impoverished life (1823-1915), J. Henri Fabre is nonetheless recognized as one of the most respected and beloved entomologists in the world. He devoted his life to the study of insects and carefully (and beautifully) described his findings in book after book. Fabre was eighty-four when the last of the ten volumes of ...more
Hardcover, 1920, 427 pages
Published 1915 by Dodd, Mead and Company
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Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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How can one describe this amazing book? The most impressive thing about it, is how grand it is in spite of its humble object of interest, so a quick summary will give you nothing at all of what makes it so enchanting.

Perhaps it is grand, rather, not in spite of, but because its topic is insects, in particular a class of wasps that hunt. Now, it should be said, there are rumors that the habits of these wasps were an inspiration for the "Alien" from the movie of the same name, and whether true or
Dec 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone intersted in nature and poetry.
Perhaps one of the best books I've ever read. Completely none academic in approach. The writing style reflects the authors love and obsession with discovering the world in which we live. In the book he takes you through the process that lend him to discover the nature and life of hunting wasps. These wasps, as Fabre shows, have an intimate knowledge of the prey in which they hunt, but not just the surface features, rather a surgeons knowledge of the anatomy of their victim. For they, in most ...more
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Fabre was born in Saint-Léons in Aveyron, France. Fabre was largely an autodidact, owing to the poverty of his family. Nevertheless, he acquired a primary teaching certificate at the young age of 19 and began teaching at the college of Ajaccio, Corsica, called Carpentras. In 1852, he taught at the lycée in Avignon.

Fabre went on to accomplish many scholarly achievements. He was a popular teacher,
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