- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (February 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419706306
- ISBN-13: 978-1419706301
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 1 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mark Laita has spent most of his career photographing nature and American cultures. His work has been exhibited at many galleries in the United States and Europe. Laita is also the author of Abrams’ Sea. He lives in Los Angeles. William T. Vollmann is a novelist, journalist, short story writer, essayist, and winner of the National Book Award. He lives in Sacramento.
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The reason i knocked it down to 3 stars though are the quotes scattered throughout the book. They are really disturbing, quite frankly - focusing on evil and how it is inherent in the world. The implication is that snakes represent evil, which is NOT what I was expecting from a book that celebrates the beauty and diversity of snakes in the world. honestly the book would be better without any quotations at all!
I will continue to enjoy looking through the photos of the book, but am a bit disappointed overall.
The family shots are a nice touch. They are not just endearing but provide the browser a clear indication of how the snake's appearance will change with age. I always thought the Rhinoceros Viper ("River Jack") was hands-down the most dynamic looking snake to slither across one's path but several specimens presented here offer some formidable competition. This book should appeal to anyone interested in herpetology (or photography) - novice and expert alike. No manual yet produced can match these images. For that reader, unfamiliar with the breadth of beauty this area of the natural sciences contains, they are in for a rare treat. I have collected sea shells over the years and the diversity of colors and amazing designs astound in the same manner.
For those not in possession of a pathological fear of snakes this book should be a guaranteed hit. As one reviewer suggested "buy two copies - one for the book shelf and the other for wallpaper". I settled on one copy as my wife has rather fixed ideas as to how best decorate our home. This summer she's visiting her mother, out of state - I might just surprise her.
One word of caution! The background on all the photos in this book is a matte-finish, flat black. As a consequence, every sweaty or oily fingerprint will produce a permanent reminder of your last visit. This should be remedied by washing and drying your hands thoroughly before perusing the pages.
I find myself wondering how much of the price went into gallons of black ink for the 67 blank pages. Seems an egregious waste of space that serves only to fill out the book. Those pages could have featured words from noted herpetologists or wildlife conservationists. Instead there are a few blurbs from Shakespeare and Carl Jung.
(though I will admit that having a quote from H.W. Longfellow was a rather amusing pun)
I feel like this could have been done better.
I believe that art should be on walls more than trapped in books that naturally will not often be opened.
First, the book is entirely available online. So my first thought was why buy it till I flip through the images online and in store then realized I need to have this, for the sake of the beautiful images!