Rats: A Year with New York's Most Unwanted Inhabitants
Rats: A Year with New York's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan
Rats: A Year with New York's Most Unwanted Inhabitants Author: Robert Sullivan
Title: Rats: A Year with New York's Most Unwanted Inhabitants
ISBN: 1862077614
ISBN13: 978-1862077614
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Pages: 256 pages
Publisher: Granta Books (January 1, 2005)
Language: English
Category: Science & Math
Size PDF version: 1748 kb
Size EPUB version: 1351 kb
Subcategory: Biological Sciences




Surprisingly funny and compulsively readable, Rats is an unlikely account of a year spent in a garbage-strewn alley in lower Manhattan. Robert Sullivan - intrepid journalist, curious writer, fearful urban dweller - sets off to contemplate New York City and its lesser-known byways by observing the lowly rat. He discovers a world almost nobody knows. Sullivan spends the year with a notebook and night-vision goggles, hunting for fabled ratkings, trapping a rat of his own, and trying (and failing) to conquer his own fear of rats. He meets the exterminators, garbage men, and civic activists who play their part in the centuries-old war between human city-dweller and wild city rat. He travels to a bizarre Midwestern conference on rats that brings together the leading experts on rat history, behaviour and control (did you know that one pair of rats has the potential for 15,000 descendants in a year? that rats' teeth are harder than steel?) And he reveals the many ways rats' lives mirror those of humans. Sullivan's unusual and absorbing book earns a place alongside the classics of travel writing.