Dave Gaston's Reviews > The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell

The Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky
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Apr 19, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, history, science, sociology-psychology, ecology-earth-science, sea

I love this guy. Kurlonsky first falls head over heals in love with his subject, in this case the lowly and loved crustacean, the oyster. Then he falls in love with the natural science behind it. After that obsession he loves the town and the town culture and finally he falls in love with the characters and packs his books with an array of odd ball stories. He serves it all up light, tight and hot. You could classify his book as New York History, but you’d miss his point. It is much to fun to be a history book. And he loves nature and science as much as he loves culture and people. As soon as I finished this book, I looked up his old titles and found another one that I had not read. I bought it immediately. 10-15-07

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