Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish

Paperback | October 11, 2011

byJames Prosek

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“This is a delightful work with the urgency of a good detective story.” —Thomas McGuane

“I loved it! A beautiful adventure story of one of the most wide-spread and least-known but ecologically important fish.” —Bernd Heinrich, author of Summer World

Famous for his deeply informed, compulsively readable books on trout, writer-painter James Prosek (whom the New York Times has called “the Audubon of the fishing world”) takes on nature’s quirkiest and most enigmatic fish: the eel. Fans of Mark Kurlansky’s Cod and The Big Oyster or Trevor Corson’s The Secret Life of Lobsters will love Prosek’s probing exploration of the hidden deep-water dwellers. With characteristically captivating prose and lavish illustrations, Prosek demystifies the eel’s unique biology and bizarre mating routines, and illuminates the animal’s varied roles in the folklore, cuisine, and commerce of a variety of cultures.

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“This is a delightful work with the urgency of a good detective story.” —Thomas McGuane“I loved it! A beautiful adventure story of one of the most wide-spread and least-known but ecologically important fish.” —Bernd Heinrich, author of Summer WorldFamous for his deeply informed, compulsively readable books on trout, writer-painter Jame...

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They spawn in the middle of the ocean but spend their adult lives in freshwater. They can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and even cross over land. They are revered as guardians and monster-seducers by New Zealand’s Maori, yet are often viewed with disgust in the West. They are a multibillion-dollar business in the Asian fo...

James Prosek is a writer and artist. Dubbed “the Audubon of the fishing world” by theNew York Times, his books includeTrout,The Complete Angler, andFly-Fishing the 41st. He lives in Easton, Connecticut.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060566124

ISBN - 13:9780060566128

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“The tale of Ray Turner, a man who still fishes for eels the traditional way with a hand-built weir, is at the heart of the book, tying the mythology, the mystery, and the commerce of eels together into his story.”