Rats: A Year with New York's Most Unwanted Inhabitants

Rats: A Year with New York's Most Unwanted Inhabitants

by RobertSullivan (Author)


Surprisingly funny and compulsively readable, "Rats" is an unlikely account of a year spent in a garbage-strewn alley in lower Manhattan. Sullivan spends the year with a notebook and night-vision goggles, hunting for fabled rat-kings, trapping a rat of his own, and trying (and failing) to conquer his own fear of rats. He meets the exterminators, garbage men, and civic activists, who play their part in the centuries-old war between human city-dweller and wild city rat. He travels to a bizarre Midwestern conference on rats that brings together the leading experts on rat history, behaviour, and control (did you know that one pair of rats has the potential for 15,000 descendants in a year? That rats' teeth are harder than steel?). And, he reveals the many ways rats' lives mirror those of humans. Sullivan's unusual and absorbing book earns a place alongside the classics of travel writing.


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More Information

Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Granta Books
Published: 06 Mar 2006

ISBN 10: 1862078181
ISBN 13: 9781862078185

Media Reviews
* 'Sullivan's account of a year spent watching rats in a New York alley exerts the pull of the macabre. This book contains some fascinating material' Independent on Sunday * 'Charming, intellectually inspiring and endiessly fascinating burrow through the world of the city Rattus Norvegicus' Telegraph * 'Fascinating and frankly scary. A great book which breaks new ground' LadsMag * 'Sullivan's book will pervade your nightmares... it will also, to your dismay, make you realise that rats' behaviour, in many ways, mimics our own' Val Hennessy, Daily Mail * 'An entertaining walk on the wild side... an idiosyncratic guide to the least wanted and most hunted city dwellers in Manhattan' Financial Times
Author Bio
Robert Sullivan is a contributing editor to Vogue and a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. He is the author of The Meadowlands and A Whale Hunt. He lives in New York.