Best Read Underlandauthor Robert Macfarlane For Kindle ePUB or eBook – groundhogwalking.co.uk

Underland From the best selling, award winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways, a haunting voyage into the planet s past and future.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 his international bestseller 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 Global in its geography and written with great lyricism and power, Underland speaks powerfully to our present moment Taking a deep time view of our planet, Macfarlane here asks a vital and unsettling question Are we being good ancestors to the future Earth Underland marks a new turn in Macfarlane s long term mapping of the relations of landscape and the human heart From its remarkable opening pages to its deeply moving conclusion, it is a journey into wonder, loss, fear, and hope At once ancient and urgent, this is a book that will change the way you see the world. New Read [ Underland ] author [ Robert Macfarlane ] – groundhogwalking.co.uk

Best Read Underlandauthor Robert Macfarlane For Kindle ePUB or eBook – groundhogwalking.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • Underland
  • Robert Macfarlane
  • English
  • 09 December 2018
  • 0393242145

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  1. I m a seasoned armchair traveler, used to shadowing journeys that I know I ll never do myself One of my BFFs is always telling me never say never and perhaps she s right, except when it comes to this book, Underland Hand on heart, I will never follow in Robert Macfarlane s footsteps underground I m too claustrophobic.This book is many layered A bridging theme to his many different journeys is our generation s legacy to the future In the words of Jonas Salk, Are we being good ancestors I m a seasoned armchair traveler, used to shadowing journeys that I know I ll never do myself One of my BFFs is always telling me never say never and perhaps she s right, except when it comes to this book, Underland Hand on heart, I will never follow in Robert Macfarlane s footsteps underground I m too claustrophobic.This book is many layered A bridging theme to his many different journeys is our generation s legacy to the future In the words of Jonas Salk, Are we being good ancestors No, we re not, is the short answer and I think we all know that There s nowhere that it sapparent than on Greenland s glaciers The speed at which they re melting should terrify us all MacFarlane doesn t just travel over the glaciers, he...

  2. I was wary of Underland at the beginning, as I normally reach for Macfarlane s books when I cannot go exploring myself Sort of a stand in adventure while bound to my desk for work or asthma keeping my indoors in winter How would it work reading about him exploring terrain that I have absolutely no interest in exploring myself Would I love it or would I be detached and disinterested Right from the beginning, I was greeted by the high level of writing It is a bit like meeting up with an old fr I was wary of Underland at the beginning, as I normally reach for Macfarlane s books when I cannot go exploring myself Sort of a stand in adventure while bound to my desk for work or asthma keeping my indoors in winter How would it work reading about him exploring terrain that I have absolutely no interest in exploring myself Would I love it or would I be detached and disinterested Right from the beginning, I was greeted by the high level of writing It is a bit like meeting up with an old friend, you sit down and pick up where you left off, even when it has been years The writing is sublime And the introduction to the Underlands is gentle, sharing his fascination, his motives for writing, he slowly guides us into the book I loved visiting underground spaces in this way without the need for myself to get uncomfortable, wet or in...

  3. In brief Without question the best most interesting Macfarlane book I have read 4.5 5 and happily rounded up In fullI am a fan of Robert Macfarlane s work and have read a number of his books over the past few years All the previous books I ve read have been largely about life in the open This one takes a very different direction and goes Underland In common with previous books it looks at its subject in differing places, times and ways The range of Underland topics that he manages to cov In brief Without question the best most interesting Macfarlane book I have read 4.5 5 and happily rounded up In fullI am a fan of Robert Macfarlane s work and have read a number of his books over the past few years All the previous books I ve read have been largely about life in the open This one takes a very different direction and goes Underland In common with previous books it looks at its subject in differing places, times and ways The range of Underland topics that he manages to cover is diverse, fascinating and thought provoking at times.I would argue that you need to savour a Robert Macfarlane book I actually took a couple of months to read this, dipping in when I felt the inclination In the case of this book in particular, and his others sometimes, they take you to strange places often known mainly to the author For example the chapter on the Wood Wide Web I found simply fascinating It was a subject I had little knowledge at all of and I found that it touched somethin...

  4. I m a seasoned armchair traveler, used to shadowing journeys that I know I ll never do myself One of my BFFs is always telling me never say never and perhaps she s right, except when it comes to this book, Underland Hand on heart, I will never follow in Robert Macfarlane s footsteps underground I m too claustrophobic.This book is many layered A bridging theme to his many different journeys is our generation s legacy to the future In the words of Jonas Salk, Are we being good ancestors I m a seasoned armchair traveler, used to shadowing journeys that I know I ll never do myself One of my BFFs is always telling me never say never and perhaps she s right, except when it comes to this book, Underland Hand on heart, I will never follow in Robert Macfarlane s footsteps underground I m too claustrophobic.This book is many layered A bridging theme to his many different journeys is our generation s legacy to the future In the words of Jonas Salk, Are we being good ancestors No, we re not, is the short answer and I think we all know that There s nowhere that it sapparent than on Greenland s glaciers The speed at which they re melting should terrify us all MacFarlane doesn t just travel over the glaciers, he abseils into a moulin which is a hole made my meltwater that deep down will turn into a fast flowing river that melts the glacier from below.It is his journeys...

  5. This was a bit of a hodgepodge for me that it s exceptionally written goes without saying, but I m not sure Macfarlane succeeds in bringing together all of his wildly different subterranean topics mining, caving, burial chambers, the study of dark matter, radioactive waste, tree communication networks, Parisian catacombs, the mythical rivers of the underworld, prehistoric cave paintings, resistance to oil drilling, Greenland s glaciers and Finland s tunnels, andI felt crushed by the wei This was a bit of a hodgepodge for me that it s exceptionally written goes without saying, but I m not sure Macfarlane succeeds in bringing together all of his wildly different subterranean topics mining, caving, burial chambers, the study of dark matter, radioactive waste, tree communication networks, Parisian catacombs, the mythical rivers of the underworld, prehistoric cave paintings, resistance to oil drilling, Greenland s glaciers and Finland s tunnels, andI felt crushed by the weight of the prose by page 30 and skimmed the rest.Some lines I loved Time moves differently here in the underland It thickens, pools, flows, rushes, slows Philip Larkin famously proposed that what will survive of us is love Wrong What will survive of us is plastic, swine bones and lead 207, the stable isotope at the end of the uranium 235 decay chain The same three underground tasks recur across cultures and epochs to shelter what is precious, to yield what is valuable, and to dispose of what is harmful We...

  6. one of the most compelling, vivid, thought provoking, magnificent, and richly composed non fiction books i ve read in some time, robert macfarlane s underland a deep time journey traverses the european continent, exploring subterranean locales both natural and man made and, er, man caused with his poetic command of language, keen observational gifts, and worldly perspective, macfarlane s writing is frequently breathtaking.seamlessly blending scientific inquiry, nature writing, travelogue, ad one of the most compelling, vivid, thought provoking, magnificent, and richly composed non fiction books i ve read in some time, robert macfarlane s underland a deep time journey traverses the european continent, exploring subterranean locales both natural and man made and, er, man caused with his poetic command of language, keen observational gifts, and worldly perspective, macfarlane s writing is frequently breathtaking.seamlessly blending scientific inquiry, nature writing, travelogue, adventure tale, reportage, history, and requiem for our anthropocenic age, underland delves deeply both literally and figuratively macfarlane s new book is a remarkable exploration of natural wonder at some of the earth s most inaccessible and outlying underlying places macfarlane s enthusiasm and awe are contagious, as is his evident sorrow for what our spe...

  7. Macfarlane s latest book is his weirdest and most magical, his most political, and definitely his darkest Maybe also his best It s a coming to terms with the Anthropocene that is aware of the issues with that term, and which at times feels like it would beat home with Donna Haraway s alternate coinage of the Cthulhucene not least when a melting glacier exposes something ancient and horrifying which for a moment resembles a black pyramid Alan Garner gets a mention early on, but that s Macfarlane s latest book is his weirdest and most magical, his most political, and definitely his darkest Maybe also his best It s a coming to terms with the Anthropocene that is aware of the issues with that term, and which at times feels like it would beat home with Donna Haraway s alternate coinage of the Cthulhucene not least when a melting glacier exposes something ancient and horrifying which for a moment resembles a black pyramid Alan Garner gets a mention early on, but that s for his early work, whereas the excursio...

  8. Unfortunately, the author s style isn t working for me, so I m abandoning the book at 30% I find it shallow ironically , full of poorly evidenced observations on the human relationship to underground spaces which don t stand up to much thought I chose it because I d been told his writing is gorgeous, but I m afraid I m not seeing that The descriptions on the whole are pedestrian, and I am so tired of being told about him shimmying through almost impossible tunnels it would appear one narro Unfortunately, the author s style isn t working for me, so I m abandoning the book at 30% I find it shallow ironically , full of poorly evidenced observations on the human relationship to underground spaces which don t stand up to much thought I chose it because I d been told his writing is gorgeous, but I m afraid I m not seeing that The descriptions on the whole are pedestrian, and I am so tired of being told about him shimmying through almost impossible tunnels it would appear one narrow u...

  9. Award winning and bestselling author Robert Macfarlane is back with a stunning story of landscape, nature, people and place and the accompanying history Mr Macfarlane captures your attention rapidly with the interesting, information rich text describing places lots of people will have no knowledge of The author manages the fine balance between introducing us to enough information so that we are intrigued and suitably engaged but not so much that you become bored and drift away That s no easy Award winning and bestselling author Robert Macfarlane is back with a stunning story of landscape, nature, people and place and the accompanying history Mr Macfarlane captures your attention rapidly with the interesting, information rich text describing places lots of people will have no knowledge of The author manages the fine balance between introducing us to enough information so that we are intrigued and suitably engaged but not so much that you become bored and drift away That s no easy feat.This time we follow him on an adventure to learn about those secret often unmapped places beneath our feet I found it quite profound and nothing short of beguiling Anyone who enjoyed Macfarlane s other nonfiction will findthe same to admire here That said, I think this is his best and most inform...

  10. I won this book in a goodreads drawing.A nature writer writes about caves and other underground topics Spelunking seems fun, but dangerous, much like skydiving Lots of ruminating and speculating.Fascinating, but several tim...

  11. From BBC Radio 4 Book of the week In his eagerly awaited new book, Robert Macfarlane muses on the worlds beneath our feet Abridged for radio by Katrin Williams.In this the Anthropocene Age, life underground is ecologically and del...

  12. Visit some of the locations there s many underground I always enjoy the books Robert Macfarlane writes but this one is my favourite Ever since I read Alice in Wonderland, I have wanted to go underground and see what s beneath our feet I read a lot about the underground in crime fiction but that s another kind altogether so I was particularly keen to get stuck in with this.Robert certainly has a nice and assured style to his writing that exudes his passion and love of what he s writing about Visit some of the locations there s many underground I always enjoy the books Robert Macfarlane writes but this one is my favourite Ever since I read Alice in Wonderland, I have wanted to go underground and see what s beneath our feet I read a lot about the underground in crime fiction but that s another kind altogether so I was particularly keen to get stuck in with this.Robert certainly has a nice and assured style to his writing that exudes his passion and love of what he s writing about He takes you with him every step of the way and it s a wonderful journey.There were so many fine places to visit Catacombs, glaciers, nuclear waste sites, caves andbesides This is a very unique travel guide that s for sure It s amazing what you learn without realising you re doing it I feelinte...

  13. Utterly stunning writing, and for me, his finest book to date.

  14. Wow This book will blow you away with the insight that it provides I am still in awe of the wealth of information that I have gained It gives me such a better appreciation of our world and what lies underneath the surface Robert McFarlane has lived so many things I would have thought impossible His drive and strength is amazing to have pushed himself to such extremes Robert s experiences cover such wide variety of topics I felt like I was familiar with many of the scientific terms but t Wow This book will blow you away with the insight that it provides I am still in awe of the wealth of information that I have gained It gives me such a better appreciation of our world and what lies underneath the surface Robert McFarlane has lived so many things I would have thought impossible His drive and strength is amazing to have pushed himself to such extremes Rober...

  15. I have never thought a lot about the ground under my feet as it was not in my visual line of sight Macfarlane has changed my thinking on the subject and has written an insightful and very book on what is underground A fascinating look at the varied life...