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The Oysters of Locmariaquer Paperback – May 9, 2006
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The Oysters of Locmariaquer is all of a piece, the work of a wanderer, of an insatiably curious mind on the loose.-- -- The New York Times Book Review
What an elegant book this is, starting with that most elegant of creatures, the Belon oyster....[Clark's] fantastic blending of science and art, history and journalism, brings the appetite back for life and literature both. -- Los Angeles Times Book Review, Susan Salter Reynolds, 27 December 1998
[Eleanor Clark] has made a book in which the novelist's gift of identification has merged with the essayist's delight in selection of detail, the traveller's roots and relationships. -- The New Republic
[The Oysters of Locmariaquer] belongs to a class of one....It calls to mind a quickly braided mulitcolored rope in which strands enmesh and enfold and enhance one another in perpetual reappearance. Much wit and patience and all the sense we have went into making this book. -- New York Review of Books --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Eleanor Clark (July 6, 1913–February 16, 1996) was born in Los Angeles and attended Vassar College in the 1930s. She was the author of the National Book Award winner The Oysters of Locmariaquer, Rome and a Villa, Eyes, Etc., and the novels The Bitter Box, Baldur's Gate, and Camping Out. She was married to Robert Penn Warren.
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There are amusing and sometimes hilarious brief stories interwoven, along w myths, obvious lies, and folk tales...I just wish there had been MORE of THOSE and quite a bit LESS of the pedantic stuff.
But you know, even the pedantic stuff was quite readable, often amusing, frequently presented w tongue-firmly-in-cheek, such as this gem:
"Incidentally Pliny, more an egghead than a nature-lover, had an interesting view of oyster procreation. Following Aristotle, he says it comes about through spontaneous combustion in the mud."
Way to go, Pliny!
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I was happy with the oyster story, less happy with the history, but I enjoyed it