- Gebundene Ausgabe: 190 Seiten
- Verlag: Workman Publishing; Auflage: 1 (24. August 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1565126068
- ISBN-13: 978-1565126060
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,9 x 18,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 110.928 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 24. August 2010
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"The author found solace--and good material--in watching a snail." --People magazine
"Though illness may rob us of vitality, sometimes it can also help bring us understanding---albeit in improbable disguises . . . Perhaps there's something to be said for moving at a snail's pace." --NPR.org
THE EARTHLY ADVENTURES OF A WOMAN AND A GASTROPOD
Winner of the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
Winner of the John Burroughs Medal
Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award in Natural History Literature
-Brilliant.- --The New York Review of Books
-How interesting can a snail be? Entirely captivating, as it turns out. [Bailey] is a marvelous writer, and the marriage of science and poetic mysticism that characterizes this small volume is magical.- --Minneapolis Star Tribune
-[A] gem.- --Susan Stamberg, NPR's Morning Edition
-Survival, resilience, and intellectual curiosity . . . Deeply moving. . . Extraordinary.- --Literature and Medicine, the journal of the Institute for the Medical Humanities
-An exquisite meditation on the restorative connection between nature and humans . . . As richly layered as the soil she lays down in the snail's terrarium: loamy, potent, and regenerative.- --The Huffington Post
-[A] small, quiet masterpiece, already destined to become a classic.- --The Washington Times
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What I thought I was going to be reading:
I read this at the same time I began listening to another similarly themed nature memoir, “H is for Hawk.” I have not read any other nature memoirs, so I don’t have much of a background for the genre itself. I do, however, tend to enjoy personal memoirs, especially ones with emotional turmoil and grief. I saw that this was a rather quick read, so I downloaded the e-book and started reading.
What I actually read:
The book focuses on one woman’s journey to some semblance of recovery after experiencing a debilitating international infection that left her almost all the way paralyzed. The narrator receives a pet snail from a friend while she is at home on bed rest. The chapters switch from the author’s observations of the snail to actual scientific explanations of snails as a species to stories of the author’s illness and recovery. The author finds comfort in her observations of the snail, as she fights through mental and physical isolation.
What to expect:
This memoir offers a nice balance of scientific description on snails and a personal narrative of the author’s life and recovery. This was a light read, with chapters being only a few pages long. I enjoyed learning about snails and their habits and how the author weaves her story into her observations of her companion snail.
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is Elisabeth Tova Bailey's account of her time with the snail (she never gave it a name) and her illness. She shares her observations, her musings, and a bit about how she felt. Rather than being the morbid account of a bed-bound victim, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a fascinating glimpse into the life of a creature most of us would never notice.
The sound? Bailey describes it as little teeth nibbling celery.
All I can say is everyone should read this book, and EVERY page of it - from the quotes, to prologue, each chapter, epilogue and appendix.
The book starts with one of my favorite quotes about loving your questions and living in the answers, even when they are unclear. The book then shares the intimate thoughts and observations of a woman finds friendship with a woodland snail as she is forced to face changes in her life and body when she gets a chronic debilitating disease.
Those who live with a chronic illness will hear their own voice in the author's words and experiences, while all the readers can learn the every day lessons of this snail.
Lessons in life about slowing down to see and hear the littlest of things because every moment matters. Lessons reminding us that every living creature is here for a reason, even a person who is broken by pain and illness and living life at a snail's pace. And lessons of change, as something we battle, adapt to, survive and actually live through.