“The Soul of an Octopus” surprised me. If I’m honest, I’m not even entirely sure of what brought me to pick this book up in the first place, but in the end, I’m glad I did. “The Soul of an Octopus” follows author Sy Montgomery’s interactions with octopuses both in captivity and in the wild. Throughout the course of the book, you’re introduced to a wonderful cast of characters, each with their own unique backstory and relationship with octopuses. Montgomery’s writing style is thoughtful and sensitive, and as you read, she manages to not only give you a sense of respect for these incredible creatures, but also an understanding of just how complex and intimate their lives can be. This is not your run of the mill, numbers and figures nonfiction book; this is a book with feeling! (“Soul” as some might say!)
“The Soul of an Octopus” made for not only a very pleasant read, but also a great book discussion. Topics discussed included animal intelligence, understanding, “otherness”, and yes, even octopuses! Weighing in at a very manageable 262 pages, “The Soul of an Octopus” is well worth the read!