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Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Written by Roberet Macfarlane

Narrated by Matthew Waterson


Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Written by Roberet Macfarlane

Narrated by Matthew Waterson

ratings:
4/5 (260 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
Released:
Jun 25, 2019
ISBN:
9781684573073
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (Wall Street Journal), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland, he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself.

In this highly anticipated sequel to The Old Ways, Macfarlane takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through "deep time" - the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present - he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk "hiding place" where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come. Woven through Macfarlane's own travels are the unforgettable stories of descents into the underland made across history by explorers, artists, cavers, divers, mourners, dreamers, and murderers, all of whom have been drawn for different reasons to seek what Cormac McCarthy calls "the awful darkness within the world."

Released:
Jun 25, 2019
ISBN:
9781684573073
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (2/5)
    As someone who loves caves, I thought this would be a very interesting topic: writing about below ground places. The catacombs of Paris I found particularly interesting. However a lot of the book was a bit dry. Occasionally, the author got way off track, like when he rambled about a fisherman in Norway for a long time, or ice burgs in Greenland. The writing was pretty good at times, but a lot of this book lost my attention for large portions of it.
  • (5/5)
    the poetics are sweeping and beautiful. the stories told quite fascinating
  • (5/5)
    The authors descriptions of the dramatic landscape on and below ground is remarkable. I was able to explore breathtaking vistas through this book. Well narrated and written.
  • (5/5)
    This book would’ve been daunting to read, but as an audiobook, it was such a lovey companion on long walks and drives. I learned so much and it’s one of the best non-fictions I’ve read this year. (I also really loved Hidden Life of Trees) if you’re interested in nature and what it can teach us, or how we interact with it, check it out!
  • (3/5)
    wonderful insights, amazing personal adventures, so much to learn and worry about in the future
  • (3/5)
    The content of this book was unexpected. I thought I was going to be reading about natural caves and human relationships with them. This book was about that and more. The book was mostly about exploring caves, which I am not very interested in, but this book is worth reading anyway. It was about the damage of civilization to the natural world, it was about politics, it was about climate change, and it was about resistance to the dominant culture that is causing all the damage.