The Fly Trap

The Fly Trap

Book - 2015
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A mesmerizing memoir of extraordinary brilliance by an entomologist, The Fly Trap chronicles Fredrik Sjöberg's life collecting hoverflies on a remote island in Sweden.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9781101870150
110187015X
Branch Call Number: 595.7 S6258f 2015
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Teal, Thomas - Translator

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This may be the most unusual book I've read in a long time. Sjoberg is an entomologist with an obsession for hoverflies (what the heck is a hoverfly, right?) but also one of the best writers going. Gentle, self-depracating humor that gets into your psyche so you want to keep reading. He'd make ... Read More »


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sharonh12
Oct 02, 2015

Received this book just in time to save my mind. Refreshing and gentle without being banal it is such a welcome relief to the horrors of a world seemingly hell-bent on destruction. "I often return to The Fly Trap; it remains close to my heart. The minute observations from nature reveal sudden insights into one's life. Sometimes I almost think that he wrote it foe me." Tomas Tanstromer (Nobel Prize Literature winner)

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