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Rats : observations on the history and habitat of the city's most unwanted inhabitants

Author: Robert Sullivan
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Thoreau went to Walden Pond to live simply in the wild and contemplate his own place in the world by observing nature. Robert Sullivan went to a disused, garbage-filled alley in lower Manhattan to contemplate the city and its lesser-known inhabitants -- by observing the rat. Rats live in the world precisely where humans do; they survive on the effluvia of human society; they eat our garbage. While dispensing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Young adult nonfiction
Anecdotes
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Named Person: Robert Sullivan; Robert Sullivan
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Sullivan
ISBN: 1582343853 9781582343853 1582344779 9781582344775
OCLC Number: 52720715
Awards: Alex Award winner, 2005.
Description: 242 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Nature --
City rat --
Where I went to see rats and who sent me there --
Edens alley --
Brute neighbors --
Summer --
Unrepresented man --
Food --
Fights --
Garbage --
Exterminators --
Excellent --
Trapping --
Plague --
Winter --
Plague in America --
Catching --
Rat king --
Golden hill --
Spring --
Notes --
Acknowledgments.
Responsibility: Robert Sullivan.
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Thoreau went to Walden Pond to live simply in the wild and contemplate his own place in the world by observing nature. Robert Sullivan went to a disused, garbage-filled alley in lower Manhattan to contemplate the city and its lesser-known inhabitants -- by observing the rat. Rats live in the world precisely where humans do; they survive on the effluvia of human society; they eat our garbage. While dispensing gruesomely fascinating rat facts and strangely entertaining rat stories -- everyone has one, it turns out -- Sullivan gets to know not just the beast but its friends and foes: the exterminators, the sanitation workers, the agitators and activists who have played their part in the centuries-old war between human city dweller and wild city rat. With a notebook and night-vision gear, he sits in the streamlike flow of garbage and searches for fabled rat kings, sets out to trap a rat, and eventually travels to the Midwest to learn about rats in Chicago, Milwaukee, and other cities of America. With tales of rat fights in the Gangs of New York era and stories of Harlem rent strike leaders who used rats to win basic rights for tenants, Sullivan looks deep into the largely unrecorded history of the city and its masses -- its herd-of-rats-like mob. Funny, wise, sometimes disgusting yet always compulsively readable, Rats earns its unlikely place alongside the great classics of nature writing.

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A new way to view the city

by gbhouse303 (WorldCat user published 2007-10-02) Very Good Permalink
I very much enjoyed this ecological examination of an aspect of city life that most people joke about but would like to ignore. Much like Sullivan's earlier work Meadowland, this title provides details on biology, history and social issues. Unique and engaging.
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