The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris --a common woodland snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken... show more
In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris --a common woodland snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater under standing of her own confined place in the world. Intrigued by the snail's molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, providing a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal. Told with wit and grace, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence and provides an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.
Publish date: August 24th 2010
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
, Natural History
, Biography Memoir
Call me weird, but I have a fascination with snails. They are really cool, in my opinion. So, I actually only bought it on my kindle because of the snail. But it is a lot more than a story about a snail. This memoir, written by Elisabeth Tova Bailey, tells how she went to Europe for a vacation and f...
As astonishing as it may sound, reading about seriously ill woman finding companionship with a wild snail who lives next to her sick bed is an experience both profound and moving. It is a meditation on life with the microcosm of a gastropod's life serving as the symbol for the majesty, mystery, te...
This book is really making me want a pet snail.
I never would have imagined a book chronicling a year in the life of a woodland snail would be so fascinating. This is a very "quiet," contemplative memoir, a fascinating study and I enjoyed every minute spent reading this book.
I was a bit disappointed with this book because I thought that I would be reading more about the author and her illness. Instead, this was a book about her experience with a snail. With the title of the book, I should not have been surprised.