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THE FLY TRAP is, in ways, an unusual book. The author, Fredrik Sjoberg is a collector of hoverflies, so the book is part reflection of hoverflies and nature. But, it is more than that. Sjoberg also ponders about collecting and collectors - what drives them to collect their selected treasure? He also spends time discussing the career and life of Rene Malaise, a naturalist that, I have to admit, I had not heard of before.
I truly enjoyed THE FLY TRAP. Sjoberg has a great talent for words - at times, his prose was quite poetic. The section where he describes going outside during the summer nights, is quite beautiful. The overall result of this short book is a relaxing meander with the author, seeing the world from his eyes and, perhaps, making you consider the world around you a little more.
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on 12 July 2014
Beautifully written book that meanders gently towards nowhere in particular, ruminating about the lives of various entomologists and indeed life in general. A joy right until the end which I found slightly odd and unsatisfactory - otherwise it would be an absolute five star choice. Certainly one to read again as it is utterly charming, and to be read in hardback as the format goes perfectly with the old-fashioned nature of the tale. I'm going to look much more closely next time I see a hoverfly.
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on 15 September 2014
A charming book. If you have a stressful desk job, it might make you want to change your lifestyle!
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on 4 February 2016
The Fly Trap is a favourite and I am looking forward to translations of The Raisin King and The Art of Fleeing och whatever the English titles will be of "Russinkungen" and "Flyktkonsten". Both books will in English become much estimated gifts to American friends, who several times have visited the Swedish archipelago and consequently are well familiar with the Fredrik Sjoberg surroundings there.
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on 15 August 2015
A must for the Biologist, the zoologist and any educated person, a lovely book of zoology and discoveries in northern Summer.
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on 17 May 2016
very interesting book, the ending just didnt happen anyone interested in hoverflies will find it a source of information
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on 4 January 2016
Bought this on kindle but may get a hard copy. It would be one I would like to dip I'm and out of again.
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on 6 August 2015
A little bit strange but never the less an enjoyable read.
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on 29 May 2016
I liked the gentle humour.
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on 17 May 2016
Fascinating reading.
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