The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

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While an illness keeps her bedridden, Elisabeth Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence in a terrarium alongside her bed. She enters the rhythm of life of this mysterious creature, and comes to a greater understanding of her own confined place in the world. In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, she shares the inspiring and intimate story of her close encounter with Neohelix albolabris - acommon woodland snail. Intrigued by the snail's world - from its strange anatomy to its mysterious courtship activities - she becomes a fascinated and amused observer of the snail's curious life. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is an affirmation of the healing power of nature, revealing how much of the world we miss in our busy daily lives, and how truly magical it is. A remarkable journey of survival and resilience, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating shows how a small part of the natural world can illuminate our own human existence and deepen our appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.

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  • Electronic book text | 200 pages
  • United Kingdom
  • 0857840037
  • 9780857840035
  • 1,092,193

Table of contents

Prologue Part I The Violet-Pot Adventures 1 Field Violets 2 Discovery 3 Explorations Part II A Green Kingdom 4 The Forest Floor 5 Life in a Microcosm 6 Time and Territory Part III Juxtapositions 7 Thousands of Teeth 8 Telescopic Tentacles 9 Marvellous Spirals 10 Secret Recipes Part IV The Cultural Life 11 Colonies of Hermits 12 Midnight Leap 13 A Snail's Thoughts 14 Deep Sleep Part V Love and Mystery 15 Cryptic Life 16 Affairs of a Snail 17 Bereft 18 Offspring Part VI FAmiliar Territory 19 Release 20 Winter Snail 21 Spring Rain 22 Night Stars Epilogue Acknowledgements Appendix: Terraria Selected Sources

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About Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Elisabeth Tova Bailey's essays and short stories have been published in the Missouri Review, Northwest Review, and the Sycamore Review. She has received several Pushcart Prize nominations, and the essay on which this book is based received a Notable Essay Listing in Best American Essays. She lives in Maine.

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