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Anthill - Edward O. Wilson
Anthill
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Winner of the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for fiction: Inspirational and magical, the story of boy who grows up determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: Man himself."What the hell do you want?" snarled Frogman at Raff Cody, as the boy stepped innocently onto... show more
Winner of the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for fiction: Inspirational and magical, the story of boy who grows up determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: Man himself."What the hell do you want?" snarled Frogman at Raff Cody, as the boy stepped innocently onto the reputed murderer's property. Fifteen years old, Raff, along with his older cousin, Junior, had only wanted to catch a glimpse of Frogman’s 1000-pound alligator. Thus, begins the saga of Anthill, which follows the thrilling adventures of a modern-day Huck Finn, whose improbable love of the "strange, beautiful, and elegant" world of ants ends up transforming his own life and the citizens of Nokobee County. Battling both snakes bites and cynical relatives who just don’t understand his consuming fascination with the outdoors, Raff explores the pristine beauty of the Nokobee wildland. And in doing so, he witnesses the remarkable creation and destruction of four separate ant colonies (“The Anthill Chronicles”), whose histories are epics that unfold on picnic grounds, becoming a young naturalist in the process. An extraordinary undergraduate at Florida State University, Raff, despite his scientific promise, opts for Harvard Law School, believing that the environmental fight must be waged in the courtroom as well as the lab. Returning home a legal gladiator, Raff grows increasingly alarmed by rapacious condo developers who are eager to pave and subdivide the wildlands surrounding the Chicobee River. But one last battle awaits him in his epic struggle. In a shattering ending that no reader will forget, Raff suddenly encounters the angry and corrupt ghosts of an old South he thought had all but disappeared, and learns that “war is a genetic imperative,” not only for ants but for men as well. Part thriller, part parable, Anthill will not only transfix readers with its stunning twists and
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780393339703 (039333970X)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 378
Edition language: English
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3.0 Anthill
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janetfdellinger
janetfdellinger rated it
4.0 Anthill: A Novel
Excellent account of the bizarre behaviors of the inhabitants of our universe, both insect and human.
My Reading Life
My Reading Life rated it
3.0 Anthill: A Novel
The story of a boy who falls in love with a tract of wilderness in Alabama and makes it his lifelong goal to save it from development. He studies ants during his trips and eventually writes his thesis about the lives of these ants. This is included as a section in the novel. Terrific. I will nev...
Titles are so hard to come up with...
Titles are so hard to come up with... rated it
4.0 Anthill: A Novel
Wonderful! Except that now I feel kind of bad killing ants.
Nola
Nola rated it
I wouldn’t have read this book if I used the rule about not reading a book if you aren’t interested in the first 50 pages. I had an ulterior motive – this book was being read for America’s Wild Read Book Discussion, but, as usual, I was too late. The discussion closed a week or 2 before I got around...
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