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Excellent read (listened - audio is very good, really liked the interview at the end with Jeff). Well written, insightful book. Made me think about a lot of things, which I think a good book should do.
carolfoisset | 3 andre anmeldelser | Mar 3, 2024 |
A Vivid Journey Through Florida's Wild Heart
In "Gator Country: Deception, Danger, and Alligators in the Everglades," author Rebecca Renner expertly captures the essence of Florida's untamed spirit. The narrative blends history, culture, and the natural world, offering an engaging and educational read. As a Floridian, I found Renner's skill in interweaving the state's lore, the tireless efforts of a lone FWC officer, and the resilient fish camp communities particularly moving.

The book left me thinking about my understanding of gators from the perspective of growing up in the Big Bend of Florida and learning in elementary school that someone shot "Old Joe," the legendary alligator of Wakulla Springs, for no reason. Renner's story gave me a better understanding of my local legend. I now imagine Old Joe as more than just a massive creature of 650 pounds and 11 feet long. Through her vivid storytelling, she elevates the alligator to a symbol of respect and discretion, integral to Florida's mythos.

Renner goes beyond mere alligator stories. She delves into the alligator's role in Florida's ecosystem, adeptly highlighting the contrasts and connections between the policymakers in the panhandle and the enigmatic Everglades of South Florida. Her exploration of how decisions made in Tallahassee affect the diverse regions of South Florida was reassuring as she wove the interconnected woof and warp of history, politics, and nature.

Moreover, Renner challenges the stereotypical view of the Everglades as merely a haven for mosquitoes and yellow flies. Her vivid writing reveals the region's true beauty and wonder, a place where the bellows of bull-gators and the cries of panthers resonate, urging us to cherish and understand this unique land.

In conclusion, "Gator Country" transcends being merely a book about alligators, much like Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's works transcend being just about deer. It is a profound exploration of Florida's soul. Renner has created a book that is as enlightening as it is captivating, a must-read for anyone interested in Florida's natural and cultural heritage. This book is a heartfelt tribute to the creatures, people, and landscapes that define the state, deepening my appreciation for the place I once called home.
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JoeCrookJD | 3 andre anmeldelser | Nov 30, 2023 |
Following an undercover plant through the world of alligator egg poaching, with some snippets of old Floridians and their connection to the environment. This was fascinating, though I would have liked more background on the gators themselves.
KallieGrace | 3 andre anmeldelser | Nov 29, 2023 |
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Of course I’m going to rate my own book five stars. It’s out in November, but get your preorders in now!
beckyrenner | 3 andre anmeldelser | Aug 3, 2023 |


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