Uneven writing and length of this book make it a reading project. Scientists and activists collide over the eradication of non-native pigs on an island near Santa Barbara.
A forceful narrative style combined with good characterizations that that is a little weak in the conflict and drama. The conflict between restoring an original environment by slaughtering human introduced species versus animal rights advocates was thought provoking but the individual conflicts and the denouement were a bit disappointing. Read it if you are interested.
Interesting story, but the writing style was over the top for me. But that's just me. If you're into science and ecology, it's an excellent read.
Great Writer, It's one thing then another, causation
Fairly complex, and raises some interesting issues about ecology and conservation, but not very compelling as a book.
Another great "issue" book from T.C. Boyle. This time it's animals rights v. the invasion of non-native species. Great characters, great setting.
This is an enjoyable read. Not my favorite of his books (which is Drop City) but worthwhile. Boyle puts interesting people together in conflict. In this case it is environmentalists vs animal rights folk in the setting of Santa Cruz Island. Fun and at times riveting.
"Boyle's 13th novel is an eco-themed thriller. The Channel Islands off Santa Barbara is the setting for a Darwinian struggle" between environmental advocates and animal rights activists.
Toronto Star Feb 20, 2011
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