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Rats by Robert Sullivan
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Aug 05, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in July, 2009

I thought this was a fun and entertaining read, although I occasionally found myself annoyed by the author's tone and his reoccurring references to his friends "the poet" and "the artist." I'm always intrigued by urban history so I enjoyed the more tangential chapters on union strikes, housing activists, 19th century gangs and rat fights. I also loved the cover art by Peter Sis, one of my favorite illustrators. Robert Sullivan seems like a strange bird, and although I am drawn to eccentrics and quirky characters, my interest in this book had much more to to with the subject matter and the stories. The writing itself seemed a bit labored. Overall though, I recommend it.

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