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Eyelids of Morning Paperback – August 1, 1990

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Originally published in 1973 and long out of print, this is Graham's account of his expedition to Lake Rudolf in Kenya to study the remaining Nile crocodile population there. The author, a conservation consultant, has a peculiarly ambiguous attitude: although he opposes the traditional view of crocodiles as contemptible, he rails against the sentimentality of conservationists who "cherish a fantasy of communion with a mysterious nature." But Graham offers an impressive narrative of the arduous task of hunting down crocs for ecological analysis, of their feeding habits, and of the effects of overcrowding. He imparts a wealth of information about the mythology of crocodiles (such as a g tale of the Egyptian city of Crocodilopolis), their evolution, habitat and diet. We also learn much about the Turkana, natives who inhabit the west side of Lake Rudolf. Many of Beard's more than 200 photographs depict an entrancing beauty, but others unnecessarily unsettle the reader with images of piles of crocodiles that have been skinned, dissected for scientific observation and cast aside.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877015392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877015390
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The hardcover version is replete with the most bizarre photos of crocodiles, giant fish, and local tribal culture. A biological effort at determining a croc population veers into a "Heart of Darkness-esque" tome where "civilized man" is on display as mach as the lake denizens being studied. Check out the chapter describing a night on Snake Island and you will find new appreciation for your own safe backyard. This book and its dramatic photos always remind me of the power of nature and the many paths of survival
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Format: Paperback
The evocative title of this very hard to find volume is taken from the Bible, Job 41:18, referring to the leviathan. The book examines in detail the relationships of crocodiles and man through the centuries with particularly graphic photographs, and powerful depictions of recent encounters. The WWII defeat of the Japanese by British forces with the help of a large swarm of marine crocodiles, the death of a Rockefeller heir, and many other vignettes that you will not soon forget are included in this definitive book. A suberb piece of journalism and a work of art.
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I recently learned about this book, and was able to swiftly acquire a copy (thanks, internet!!). Upon reading it, I realized that this is the most remarkable book I've encountered in a long, long time. I've marked nearly every page thus far, because each one contains a passage worth revisiting.

It's more of a "piercing commentary on human nature" than it is a study about crocodiles. Mr. Graham writes in a wonderful and engaging fashion, and it immediately commands your attention. This is a story about man's desire to control his environment. Sometimes, we are successful -- other times, we are utterly crushed by the wilderness. I've already experienced a change in perspective regarding: myself, my species, and our relation to other forms of life.

This book is both "easy reading"... and at the same time a demanding philosophical inquiry. Do yourself a favor, and get a copy as soon as you can.
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this is an absolutely spectacular book... consider I've been looking for it off and on for about thirty years, and you get the idea.
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Format: Paperback
This book, along with "The End Of The Game" are must read and own books. Classics!

Russ
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Every page is alive and engaging. A must for every coffee table and library. Lose yourself in this lost world.
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