Review: Up front and personal with turtles of all kinds and one story of that author’s relationship with a diamondback turtle who did not like living in his apartment. So he took the turtle to the Hudson River, but it turned out to be the wrong place for a diamondback turtle. One thing you learn from the author is that animals have personalities and express emotion. The diamondback turtle in the Hudson showed fear of his new surroundings. Although author realized he had made a mistake in putting it there, there was nothing he could do about it and walked away.
Rating for this essay: ** out of *****.
The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present. Ed. Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books, 1995.