Underland

Underland

A Deep Time Journey

Book - 2019
Average Rating:
Rate this:
7
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 ́œdeep timé�́•the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present́•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 ́œhiding placé� where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come. Woven through Macfarlané™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 ́œthe 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: ́œAre we being good ancestors to the future Earth?́� Underland marks a new turn in Macfarlané™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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780393242140
Characteristics: viii, 488 pages; black and white illustrations ; 24 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment
m
mclarjh
Oct 31, 2019

This book is not about nature; the prose is far too florid and the book is far too long; Euro-centric.

j
JLMason
Oct 17, 2019

MacFarlane is an unusual combination of scholar, gifted writer, keen observer of nature, and outdoor adventurer. When he writes about the Underland - burial places, caves, glaciers, underground rivers - he has personally explored these places, many quite dangerous, and writes about them evocatively and poetically as only someone with firsthand experience can. Also explored are soil, mines, deep sea drilling, and nuclear waste storage, mostly in northern Europe. One of the most fascinating journeys is a multi-day expedition into the 200 mile network of the Paris catacombs with "cataphiles", a subculture of individuals who adhere to an unwritten code of conduct in the invisible city while flouting the law by being there. MacFarlane’s word imagery is powerful and visceral, but the single photo at the beginning of each chapter is frustratingly insufficient in conveying the magnificence, or poignance, of the Underland.

j
jamesian
Jul 29, 2019

There isn't a category for the death-defying but detailed science of exploring caves, glaciers and ancient myths. Great book for travel - you will feel in another world no matter where you are reading.

g
gregdryke
Jul 22, 2019

kneeling bus newsletter

ontherideau Jul 19, 2019

Many of us are in awe of the vastness of the surface of our planet and the skies we gaze at. Robert MacFarlane shows us the vastness of what lies beneath the earth we walk on and the waters we sail across. It's another universe altogether, terrifying in ways. This book is an important piece of work.

debwalker Jul 10, 2019

A haunting journey into the planet's past and future. Huge in the UK.

SFPL_danielay Jun 11, 2019

What a book! It took me to places I will never visit and did so in such an erudite and poetic way that I feel privileged to have read it.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at CAPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top