How to Catch A Mole

How to Catch A Mole

Wisdom From A Life Lived in Nature

Book - 2019
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"Kneeling in a muddy field, clutching something soft and blue-black, Marc Hamer vows he will stop trapping moles-- forever. In this earnest, understated, and sublime work of nonfiction literature, the molecatcher shares what led him to this strange career: from sleeping among hedges as a homeless teen, to toiling on the railway, to weeding windswept gardens in Wales. Hamer infuses his wanderings with radiant poetry and stark, simple observations on nature's oft-ignored details. He also reveals how to catch a mole-- a craft long kept secret by its masters-- and burrows into the unusual lives of his muses. Moles, we learn, are colorblind. Their blood holds unusual amounts of carbon dioxide. Their vast tunnel networks are intricate and deceptive. And, like Hamer, they work alone."--
Publisher: Vancouver :, Greystone Books,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781771644792
Branch Call Number: 599.335 HAM
Additional Contributors: McLaren, Joe


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Jan 17, 2020

Beautiful poetic prose. The title was off-putting, however, I found this title by reading a review from an Austin public library's list of new titles. I was wonderful. This guy should've been writing books instead of catching moles a long time ago. Although, all of his life experiences are put to good use in this beautifully written book that encompasses his intriguing life story which includes, of all things, catching moles in the northern part of Wales.

Nov 06, 2019

I had initially heard of this book by reading an article online that interviewed the author. I am glad that I found the article, as the book was a delightful read. It does, as the title says, tell you how to catch a mole, but also how the author's time in nature shaped the rest of his life. It's a woven tale of how his living must also include death as well. The illustrations are woodcut/linocut inspired, and add just the right touch to the chapter they're featured in.
A fairly quick read at 200 pages, and gives you plenty to think about.

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