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Fuzz, Nonfiction Review

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by author Mary Roach

What happens when animals break man’s law? Say an elephant commits murder or a squirrel commits theft. Are they held responsible? Who is the judge?

Mary Roach sets out to answer these questions in the first of her books that I’ve given fewer than 5/5 stars. It’s still a well written piece of literary journalism, it just turns out that this concept doesn’t quite fill a full book.

This idea of animals breaking the law is very loose throughout Fuzz. We learn about a couple of historical cases and a handful of anectodotal stories but most of the book is just tangible to the concept. The bulk of the book has more to do with animal control than anything to do with “breaking the law.”

Roach visits wildlife experts in various fields and talks a lot about how to prevent bears from getting into trashcans. Most of us, who live in urban areas don’t really have to deal with a lot of wildlife and will find these tidbits of information slightly amusing but otherwise kind of pointless.

The best part of Fuzz is all of the stories that demonstrate how smart animals can be. Animals of all kinds are incredibly adaptable and it’s impressive to see how capable they are at overcoming traps and locks. It’s also always fun when diabolical humans are foiled by a crafty monkey or bird.

Any Mary Roach book is going to teach you a lot about a subject that you might be completely unfamiliar with. I just think Fuzz would have worked better as a few essays instead of a whole book. There just isn’t enough material to keep it engaging for 300 pages.

If you have read her other books before go ahead and pick this one up too. However, if you are new to her brand of nonfiction entertainment I would recommend pretty much any other one to start with.

4/5 animals ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ–๐Ÿฟ

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5 thoughts on “Fuzz, Nonfiction Review

  1. I’m relieved to hear someone familiar with Roach say that other stuff by her is better and they didn’t think this was enough to fill a book with. I finished this last week, and it was my first by her and I thought it was missing something. Phew. Maybe I will try another by Roach.

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