Review: David Attenborough’s “Life on Earth”

by writereaderly

david attenborough life on earthI read this book deliberately to reactivate my sense of wonder, and it was a splendid read. Starting with plants, moving through microbes and insects and reptiles and birds and mammals and the communicating primate with an ego problem: a great book, and it makes me want to revisit all of DA’s docos. Full of intriguing new facts, not to mention critters with names I wish I could remember come Scrabble TM time. Highly recommended.

Where it came from: Opshop
Time and manner of reading:
A couple of weeks’ worth of one-chapter-at-a-time reads – fascinating but DENSE
Where it went: Farm Bookshelf
Best line of the book: “Cut off from our libraries and all they represent and marooned on a desert island, any one of us would be quickly reduced to the life of a hunter gatherer.” (p.308)
And close second: “Maybe a sloth’s midden is also a trysting place. . .We cannot, however, be sure, for no student of animal behaviour has yet been brave enough to contemplate the days and nights of stupefying inactivity that would have to be endured by anyone who wants to find out more about the sloth’s private life.” (p.251)
Reminds me of/that: The existence of wonder
Who I’d recommend it to:
Livers
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; City of God  by E.L. Doctorow

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