The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Hardback Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

By (author) Elisabeth Tova Bailey

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  • Publisher: ALGONQUIN BOOKS OF CHAPEL HILL
  • Format: Hardback | 190 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 180mm x 23mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 24 August 2010
  • ISBN 10: 1565126068
  • ISBN 13: 9781565126060
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 14,214

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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. "

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"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