- Tapa blanda: 218 páginas
- Editor: Bompiani (9 de junio de 2004)
- Colección: Tascabili. Best Seller
- Idioma: Italiano
- ISBN-10: 8845212327
- ISBN-13: 978-8845212321
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº783.851 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Spider (Tascabili. Best Seller) (Italiano) Tapa blanda – 9 jun 2004
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Tormentato da antiche ossesioni, Dennis, il cui soprannome è Spider, "Ragno", vive a Londra in una pensione gestita dalla signora Wilkinson, una donna ora materna, ora terribilmente autoritaria. Nella vita di Dennis affiora lentamente il ricordo di una sconvolgente esperienza, l'evidenza di un terribile delitto e le violente immagini legate a una lunga permanenza in manicomio. Giorno dopo giorno l'uomo scivola nei labirinti di una follia inarrestabile, il suo mondo si scompone in un gioco di specchi e la linea che divide la realtà dal baratro della pazzia si fa sempre più labile.
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During his life time Crompton wrote nine fictional books and six books on natural history, this work being one of the later.
Compton was not a scientist but rather one of those somewhat eccentric Englishmen who since pre-Victorian times studied natural history as a hobby and wrote about it. Since this work was published in 1950 we can sort of consider the author as either the "last of his breed," or a through-back to and earlier time.
It was the author's stated goal to write like a common person for the enjoyment and edification of the common man. I truly feel he accomplished this with his natural history writing.
This is a book about spiders. The writing here is delightful, spritely and informative. Simply put, this is a fun read and you will learn a lot. Now do not expect a technical scientific work here that unless you specialize in the study of spiders, you will find you eyes rolling to the back of your head; no, this is an extremely amusing read and simply packed with little know facts that are quite digestible.
Do not expect to find all of the facts here to be written in stone. While the author most certainly tries to be accurate, the reader must remember when this work was written and forgive the few inaccuracies that pop up here and there. I do not think I would use this work to back up a scientific paper on the subject of spiders. As has been pointed out, the author has a real tendency, as did the Victorians, to attribute many human emotions and actions to spiders that, to be frank, just are not there. A good example of this is when he describes some spiders to be "sadistic" while others quite "humane." There are "good spiders," and there are "evil spiders." That though is a part of the charm of this book.
The prose, while a bit archaic here and there is quite good and pleasing to the ear. The facts, and truly, most of them are quite accurate, are extremely interesting and the reader will leave the book knowing much more about spiders than they did when the first page was turned.
Do yourself a reading favor and get a copy of this one. I promise you that you will not be sorry.
The book was fascinating. Crompton's dry British wit and side stories were very amusing. His descriptions of the spider behaviors brought them to life almost like they were human. However he never went overboard to where he ascribed human emotions or thoughts to them.
It's easy to find books that cover the topic in greater technical detail but I doubt if you could find a more entertaining book that manages to cover a great deal of information about spiders and their habits.
I fully intend to track down copies of Crompton's other books on Bees and Wasps.
Crompton's writing is engrossing and entertaining. He frames the lives and habits of spiders in such a way that gives point of reference similarities to human culture. His tone is conversational and you get the feeling you're discussing spiders with him over dinner rather than reading his book.
I would love to have met Crompton because I'm sure he's just as captivating as his writing and enthusiasm for the subject of spiders convey.