Anthill : A Novel

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Winner of the 2010 Heartland Prize, Anthill follows the thrilling adventures of a modern-day Huck Finn, enthralled with the "strange, beautiful, and elegant" world of his native Nokobee County. But as developers begin to threaten the endangered marshlands around which he lives, the book's hero decides to take decisive action. Edward O. Wilson-the world's greatest living biologist-elegantly balances glimpses of science with the gripping saga of a boy determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: man himself.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 28mm | 350g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 039333970X
  • 9780393339703
  • 76,641

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Advance Praise for Anthill

"Thick with the spell of nature, Anthill is a powerful tale of ant empires and a boy determined to save them."--Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper's Wife

Praise for Edward O. Wilson

"Wilson speaks with a humane eloquence which calls to us all."--Oliver Sacks

"His style is gracious and lucid, the example of his life greatly inspiring."--Barry Lopez

"Wilson is a writer of enthralling importance for our place in time."--Edward Hoagland, Los Angeles Times

"There's a new Darwin. His name is Edward O. Wilson."--Tom Wolfe
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"Starred Review: Lush with organic details, Wilson's keen eye for the natural world and his acumen for environmental science is on brilliant display in this multifaceted story about human life and its connection to nature." -- Publishers Weekly "One part of Anthill, by the world's leading myrmecologist, demonstrates that in Mr Wilson ants have found not only their Darwin but also their Homer... The tale within a tale is an astonishing literary achievement; nobody but Mr Wilson could have written it, and those who read it will tread lightly in the forest, at least for a while... his evocation of their ways is a more powerful tool for raising ecological awareness than any Disneyfication is likely to be." -- The Economist "Edward O. Wilson had a fine time writing his first novel... The reader will have a great time reading it. Certainly I did." -- Margaret Atwood - New York Review of Books "The savage conflicts between the Trailhead and Waterside colonies are as dramatic as any epic of Herodotus or Thucydides, histories Wilson evokes in his characterization of the tiny warriors as myrmidons and hoplites." -- Harvey Freedenberg - Shelf Awareness "Wilson's foray into fiction allows him to write more expressively, psychologically, even spiritually about the great web of life, humankind included, and the irrefutable rules for ecological survival. ... A teacher as well as a scientist, Wilson uses the prism of fiction to cast new light on the grand unifying lesson of nature: all of us earthlings, all of life's astonishing creations, thrive or fail together." -- Donna Seaman - Chicago Tribune "The astute, knowledgeable, amazing structure of Anthill is a masterpiece of craft, a fictional embodiment of the ant." -- Sue Brannon Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama - Alabama Press-Register "[A] beautifully written coming-of-age novel about a young boy in Alabama. The highly respected author and entomologist may be sneaking some science down the throats of self-respecting fiction readers everywhere with the tale of a boy-turned-environmental lawyer who tries to save wildlife, but we hardly mind." -- The Daily Beast "A triumphant epic of life by the world's greatest naturalist. This is War and Peace-among the ants, the land developers, and the environmentalists and preachers. Marvel at E. O. Wilson's wondrous and captivating creation." -- Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute
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About Edward O. Wilson

Edward O. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world's preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than twenty books, including The Creation, The Social Conquest of Earth, The Meaning of Human Existence, and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
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1,964 ratings
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5 17% (335)
4 32% (622)
3 35% (691)
2 13% (250)
1 3% (66)
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