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A scientific and romantic delight
on 4 June 2010
This book is a delight to read, the author's love and knowledge of the salmo salar is second to none and his scientific knowledege is beautifully and poetically put across in this book. There are a lot of gaps in our knowledege of the salmon's life cycle especially in its aceanic phase and this book fills in some (but not all) of them.
There are sections on the romance of the salmon, the "fishy" stories and descriptions and drawings of some of the flies that anglers might use to attract these mighty creatures as well as more salutory tales on the industrialisation of salmon farming and the over fishing in many rivers which have lost their once plentiful presence. \it also offers a history of the study of not just salmon but other fish as well.
ultimately this is an optimistic book and one which adds to the growing number of essential "nature" reads although this one does have a significant "scientific" slant. This is an interesting and diverting story.
BTW this should be a review of the paperback edition but that seems to have been "hijacked" by Night Train to Lisbon, possibly because that book is published by Atlantic. Anyone any idea how to rectify this?