The Book of Barely Imagined Beings

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings

Book - 2012
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From Axolotl to Zebrafish, meet a world of barely imagined beings: real creatures that are often stranger and more astonishing than anything dreamt in the pages of a medieval bestiary. Ranging from the depths of the ocean to the most arid corners of the earth, Caspar Henderson captures the beauty and bizarreness of the many living forms we thought we knew and some we could never have contemplated, and invites us to better imagine the world around us. An extraordinary, vivid combination of natural history, spiritual primer and philosophical meditation, this is is a mind-expanding, wonder-inducing read.
Publisher: London : Granta, 2012.
ISBN: 9781847081728
Characteristics: xix, 427 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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KCLSRecommends Mar 04, 2014

Amazing collection of animals listed in handsome format, hard to believe they're all real! And one for each letter of the alphabet, plus TWO for the often-neglected letter X..!

Jan 29, 2014

If you have a background in any of the biological sciences, then this book is like a box of chocolates. Even without such a background the writing is very accessible and entertaining (loved his witty humor). So if you enjoy learning fascinating & sometimes weird details about little-known animals, you'll like this book. The author chose an animal for each letter of the alphabet (from A to Z) & devoted a chapter to it. It also served as a vehicle for him to interweave myth, folklore and meditations on who we (as humans) are & how we imagine our future selves and others who will come after us. This is the kind of book that can be read & enjoyed over & over.

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