Like another reviewer, I found this book in a used book store and picked it up. Some informative books go "stale" over time as their information is outpaced but this volume doesn't suffer that fate. 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.
A fascinating read
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 21 years ago
I picked up a copy of this book in a used book store recently. I initially thought it was going to be a dry, scholarly tome that would put me to sleep in between interesting parts. I was wrong.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.
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