Cockroach

Cockroach The cockroach could not have scuttled along almost unchanged for two hundred and fifty million years some two hundred and forty nine before man evolved unless it was doing something right It would b

  • Title: Cockroach
  • Author: Marion Copeland
  • ISBN: 9781861891921
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • The cockroach could not have scuttled along, almost unchanged, for two hundred and fifty million years some two hundred and forty nine before man evolved unless it was doing something right It would be fascinating as well as instructive to have access to the cockroach s own record of its life on earth, to know its point of view on evolution and species domination overThe cockroach could not have scuttled along, almost unchanged, for two hundred and fifty million years some two hundred and forty nine before man evolved unless it was doing something right It would be fascinating as well as instructive to have access to the cockroach s own record of its life on earth, to know its point of view on evolution and species domination over the millennia Such chronicles would perhaps radically alter our perceptions of the dinosaur s span and importance and that of our own development and significance We might learn that throughout all these aeons, the dominant life form has been, if not the cockroach itself, then certainly the insect.Attempts to chronicle the cockroach s intellectual and emotional life have been made only within the last century when a scientist titled his essay on the cockroach The Intellectual and Emotional World of the Cockroach , and artists as radically different as Franz Kafka and Don Marquis created equally memorable cockroach protagonists.At least since Classical Greece, authors have brought cockroach characters into the foreground to speak for the weak and downtrodden, the outsiders, those forced to survive on the underside of dominant human cultures Cockroaches have become the subjects of songs La Cucaracha , have competed in roachraces and have even ended up in recipes In this accessible, sympathetic and often humorous book, Marion Copeland examines the natural history, symbolism and cultural significance of this poorly understood and much maligned insect.

    One thought on “Cockroach”

    1. Cockroaches are horrible. I'm pretty sure I've got legitimate katsaridaphobia, your word of the day, which means "fear of cockroaches." It's probably common, but a few weeks ago I saw a giant one in my otherwise pristine (at the time) bathroom, and I stood there paralyzed for almost 10 minutes sweating before I was able to back up and get my spray. The spray is awesome because it has an incredible range, so I hit it from all the way across the room and the thing went NUTSO and started COMING AT [...]

    2. Despite having to overcome a fear of them early in my pest control sales career, I like roaches. They're interesting little buggers. The best thing I learned from this book is that La Cucaracha isn't actually about cockroaches. It was a slang term for the women involved in Zapata's uprising who really needed their marijuana to keep traveling. Copeland also discusses cockroaches' natural history and their cultural impact in stores like Metamorphosis, jokes, and films like Joe's Apartment.

    3. "A biocentric reading of the human record as it relates to the cockroach, whether in the sciences or in the arts, translated to reflect the cockroach's own point of view, while revealing the natural history, myths and stories of this long-time resident of Earth, provides a lens through which I suggest we may come to share the cockroach's very long view."That direct quote from the book is just one example of the arcane, meandering sentence structures that are littered throughout this work. They a [...]

    4. Una colección muy interesante de libros sobre animales emblemáticos, de la cual este es un buen ejemplo, aunando información biológica (poca, el primer capítulo) con (y principalmente) aspectos culturales (canciones, literatura, películas, arte). De lectura amena, con notas e información adicional (webs, lecturas recomendadas), y una multitud de preciosas ilustraciones que reflejan la importancia a lo largo de la historia y la cultura de estos animales. Lo que menos me ha gustado, la trad [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *