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All the Strange Hours by Loren Eiseley
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Jan 27, 2009

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In my opinion, Loren Eiseley can't go wrong when he writes about avian pathos. Unfortunately, there's no avian pathos in All the Strange Hours. There's feline pathos, mouse pathos, familial pathos, and... a gambling metaphor that I still don't understand. Eiseley comes across rather awkward when he talks about himself, self-conscious and edgy. The sadness that peeks around his other works here takes a gloomy center stage. Reading it, I wondered if he couldn't give himself permission to soar (oh, like he can soar when he's witnessing miracles in the wild) about his own life's drama...

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