Helen’s review of The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael Connor You lost me at "soul".


message 2: by Helen (new)

Helen Michael wrote: "You lost me at "soul"."

Thanks Michael. I just re-read this review, and with distance, it's a hot rambling mess!

Montgomery filled me with anger throughout, and I wanted to fling that book out the window several times. I'm still enraged by Montgomery and aquarium staff, as everything they do is in conflict with their own words.

And I'm totally dismayed that it made the National Book Awards list.

Now, what to do? Do I take it down? Do I try and re-write it? Just let it go? It's kind of embarrassing and I didn't articulate my point well. Hmmmm, pondering . . . .


message 3: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Having just moved this book into my DNF pile for many of the same reasons you stated....your review made perfect sense to me while being totally annoyed with this book.

How she can go from, they are so smart they need toys, to she died so we captured a new one from the ocean and boy she's aggressive (ah, yea! she doesn't like to be abducted, of course she's hostile), to we'll start raising the next one so we don't have that problem....let's keep that one in a dark barrel with no toys at all or even basic aquarium plants....and then she starts getting more hostile over time and fights when you try to force her back in her barrel after only a 1/2 or play time every Weds.! We really have to cut down on her visiters she's too stimulated....What? Didn't you start this book saying the have a soul and are remarkably intelligent....sheesh.


message 4: by Erika (new)

Erika Great review. I completely agree and was appalled as I was reading it.


message 5: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I did not feel as you did about this book, but I think this is a great review and a great perspective - your points are actually well-stated. Montgomery made me want to go to New England to see these amazing animals but I get why that is two-faced of me. Thank you for sharing your view.


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