The Book of Barely Imagined Beings A st Century Bestiary From Axolotl to Zebrafish discover a host of barely imagined beings real creatures that are often astonishing than anything dreamt in the pages of a medieval bestiary Ranging from the depths of the o

  • Title: The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary
  • Author: Caspar Henderson Golbanou Moghaddas
  • ISBN: 9781847082442
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Axolotl to Zebrafish, discover a host of barely imagined beings real creatures that are often 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 havFrom Axolotl to Zebrafish, discover a host of barely imagined beings real creatures that are often 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, inviting us to better imagine the precarious world we inhabit A witty, vivid blend of pioneering natural history and spiritual primer, infectiously celebratory about life s sheer ingenuity and variety, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is a mind expanding, wonder inducing read.

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    1. An aletheiagoria.Perhaps, contrary to Plato's allegory of the cave, we sometimes only see the real once we have seen it's shadow in art.(Also, Henderson has reminded me that I never got around to reading The Book of Imaginary Beings.)

    2. I got this book for my birthday, having lusted after it since my sister-in-law got it for Christmas, but it wasn't exactly what I expected.Firstly, the title, Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary, is very misleading. It's not. It has chapter titles like "axolotl", "right whale" and "dolphin", but barely mentions the animals. They are instead used as a springboard for philosophical musings about global warming, technology and the future of humanity. One chapter is on photography, anoth [...]

    3. This fascinating book is a thing of beauty in itself, its design influenced by the exquisite medieval bestiaries with their vignettes of marvellous creatures, their rubrics and historiated capitals. The structure is based around essays on 27 living creatures that exist but seem to push at the boundaries of human imagination. These are prefaced by an introduction that is equally full of insight - I urge you not to skip it. The essays in the book can be dipped into - however, there is a strong thr [...]

    4. Caspar Henderson's 21st Century Bestiary is not an encyclopaedia, as some people might expect, but something more in the medieval tradition of bestiaries, mixing information with philosophical and moral comment. It's interesting, and Henderson's ideas are well expressed, and I imagine a full colour version of the book must be stunning (my own is the paperback, all in black and white, but I seem to recall seeing a colour edition). It's definitely not all that scientific, in places, relying on ane [...]

    5. Par šo grāmatu biju dzirdējis jau sen. Pirmo reizi viņa man acīs iekrita, kad 2013. gadā tā iekļuva Royal Society Winton Prize šortlistā. Šķita tāda laba grāmata par dzīvniekiem un ekoloģiju. Taču lasāmā bija daudz, un grāmatas iegāde atlikās. Šogad ar viņu sastapos grāmatu veikalā, pašķirstīju un sapratu - vajag izlasīt. Tas bija jūnijā, līdz lasīšanai tiku tikai piecus mēnešus vēlāk.Šī grāmata ir veidota kā moderns bestiārijs. Lai arī anotācijā ra [...]

    6. After many entranced carpet-hours flipping through the pages of The Grand Medieval Beastiary, I was doing the usual related/recommended book browse on the big ol' evil internet bookseller site, when I spotted this thing. The Borges nod had me interested and the description had me 1-click purchasing with money I didn't have. I don't know much of anything about Caspar Henderson, but this book is one of the best things I've read in quite a while. Using the structure and format of Ancient and Mediev [...]

    7. If you find the prospect of encountering a Lucihormetica luckae (via SGU #411) scary but just a little awe-inspiring, you would find Caspar Henderson‘s The Book of Barely Imaginary Beings utterly rapturous. A thousand authors could probably recreate Henderson’s bestiary, itself a tribute to Jorge Luis Borges‘ Book of Imagined Beings, and put only a small dent in humanity’s ignorance of the worlds around them. It’s not a Disney experiencemesbastard.wordpress/201

    8. This would have been far more interesting if there had been more about the animals as opposed to digression after digression showing me how well read and travelled the author was.Some of it is interesting and some of it is, oh no, here we go again.

    9. I couldn't finish this book for one particular reason - I found it a bit too complicated for me. There is so much interesting things to read in it though, so many facts and perspectives and seeing them all tied back to the human condition and human nature was just fantastic to see. The introduction was already so strong and bang-on that I was really excited to read it. What stopped me, however, was the complexity.This book is primarily for people who are really interested in animals and have rea [...]

    10. Caspar Henderson's modern bestiary is a masterful blending of the odd, the erudite and the philosophical. The book is an A-Z of unusual life forms that Henderson uses as a platform for fascinating digressions and musings on scientific discovery, evolution and the impact that humans have had on the world we live in. Some of his digressions are surprising - the minute winterbear gives rise to a discussion on space travel for example - but the book flows logically and never flags.This is a sumptuou [...]

    11. I so looked forward to reading this book, and I so wanted to love it. A modern bestiary; each chapter title an extant animal; but each chapter riffing on themes loosely suggested by that animal, taking in science, philosophy and culture. Learned and literary. But just not lovable. Perhaps too ambitious, perhaps too diffuse: the chapters never quite filled me with the joy of learning that they should have. A disappointment.

    12. Entertaining but rather than a bestiary it seemed more a compendium of animals that reminded the author of other things. Wanted more images / photographs / diagrams of the animals rather than simply the fantastical artwork of it.

    13. 4 StarsThe Book of Barely Imagined Beings is subtitled ‘A 21st Century Bestiary’ and that’s what it is; not a natural history book, not an encyclopedia of animals, a bestiary – an odd fusion of science and navel-gazing. While in a medieval bestiary real and mythological animals were used as symbols for human virtues or vices, in this book real animals are used as starting points to examine wider issues about how human’s relate to both the world and each other. So the Axolotl entry look [...]

    14. We humans could perhaps be pardoned for our anthro-centric view of the world until the arrival of the Gutenberg press. After that, with the widespread dissemination of ideas pretty well taken care of, we have much less excuse. Then came the Internet, the Blue Planet, and a host of other modern wonders, and everyone has the option to know everything -- the limits of time and patience aside, of course. Thus it was with considerable surprise that I learned, by reading this book, that I only had the [...]

    15. This is a gorgeous book, and a joy to read, despite the dire message that is woven throughout that we have entered the Anthropocene and are rapidly destroying species and biospheres at an unprecedented rate. Henderson uses the various creatures of each chapter as a launching point to take free ranging discussions into a variety of topics centered around biology, evolution, conservation, pollution, technology, and biodiversity. The messages here are scary, and will not make those of certain polit [...]

    16. As I read mostly non-fiction, I keep small "stickies" next to where I read for marking mentioned books, subjects and other interesting things I may want to investigate later. This book has at least fifteen of these flags. I don't remember having marked so many things in a book for quite some time. I was introduced to animals I did not know existed such as the Porcelain Crab with its white body and blue or red patterns on top of its shell. They are quite lovely. I discovered that the Germans call [...]

    17. A science book full of art (and literature as well). I got hooked by the cover and illustrations of the book and bought it right away and the book filled my reading moments with joy.It's not an ordinary science book where you can find the biological definitions of the given topics. It's more of trying to dig into humans' souls, understanding the beauty around us by the help of mentioning the related features of some "extraordinary" animals. Another point which made the book interesting to read w [...]

    18. A beautiful, humorous and wise book that I will continue dipping into for years to come. I would recommend getting this book in hardback as part of the fun of it is the wonderful illustrations and the lovely cover. It does remind me of a classic medieval bestiary in that it not only has marginalia and lots of lovely tidbits of information, but that the discussions of the various animals invariably segue to many other topics -- though, granted, not usually religious parables. Though the consequen [...]

    19. I was totally obsessed with this book as I was reading it! In this modern "bestiary," based on the creature anthologies of old, Henderson discusses our relationship with the natural world, peppering easy-to-read scientific explanations with literary and philosophical musings. This book felt nourishing to read, and Henderson's enthusiasm and awe at even the world's tiniest creatures is contagious. Not only was this non-fiction book filled with fascinating information about the natural world, from [...]

    20. It is a bestiary, written for actual animals with the flair of medieval writing. You may not be able to learn a detailed list of information about the curious animals, but Henderson's way of weaving philosophy, history and science together into an organic web of fascinations, wildly imagined stuff. We would be more able to appreciate the beauty and bizarreness of the nature if we try to understand them more. By looking at them, human look in their eyes at our own souls, being refined and elevat [...]

    21. This book is much more than it seems. I initially picked it up in the hope of collating a few interesting facts about some weird and wonderful species (which I did), but I feel like I was looking into a pond for the reflection and have seen right to the bottom. Caspar Henderson uses the fascinating creatures in this book merely to introduce much broader subjects such as the meaning of life, how we have impacted the planet, space travel and genetics.Worth a read, but give yourself plenty of time. [...]

    22. I love it when a book itself is meant for book lovers, while not especially ABOUT books. It's such a joy to read and look at. HUZZAH FOR WHIMSY, PEOPLE. Don't underestimate the power of whimsy.The author doesn't take himself too seriously, and while I wish there was a bit more hard science in here (it gets pretty anecdotal at times when placing each animal in context), I'm all about making biology more palatable to the casual interested individual. Biology is COOL.

    23. An A-Z listing of some (generally) little known creatures which the author uses as springboards for more general musings.The author chose an eclectic and unusual choice of animals and part of the fun of the book is seeing where he would go with them. Not a book to buy if you want detailed zoological information, but an interesting and diverting set of essays about life, the universe and everything.

    24. I bought the book because of an exciting interview on NPR radio. Giddy with anticipation I sat down to read it. The experience was like biting into a mouthful of packing peanuts. Nothing, nothing, nothing. The illustrations are sweet but the content is like dictionary copy. There is nothing here you don't already know or could live without. Don't bother to read this book.

    25. Sometimes the mix of biological fact and philosophical speculation is fun, sometimes it seems to mean just getting started on something interesting. A fun book to dip into but I couldn't read it all through. But the author's enthusiasm is engaging.

    26. A very thought-provoking book. Both a celebration of the Earth's oddest creatures and a lament for the damage that humans have inflicted upon many of them (and countless other species). However the book does leave us with some sense of hope; all is not yet lost. Overall an enjoyable read.

    27. It's the best book, ever. I can't think of enough good things to say about it, so I'm not going to try.

    28. Одной из моих любимых книг в детстве была «Самые обычные животные» Станислава Стариковича. В ней автор рассказывал о самых обычных животных, с которыми большинство из нас сталкивается чуть ли не каждый день. Ну, или точно хотя бы раз в жизни виделось. Дождевые черви, муравь [...]

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