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Underland: A Deep Time Journey

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Matthew Waterson

12 Hours 5 Minutes

HighBridge Company

June 2019

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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 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.'

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  • Dorothy T.

    Excellent book, excellent narration. I was compelled to seek out the written text to dig a little deeper than just letting MacFarlane's beautifully constructed words wash over me.

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  • Anonymous

    Macfarlane is a delightful writer, and this is the most wildly adventurous of his novels I've read. Immersive, compelling, provocative. I think that I want to be Robert Macfarlane when I grow up. The narration is generally good but lost a star for a few mispronunciations.

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  • Nancy S.

    Fascinating book! My only regret is that he seemed to leave his children for long periods and do a lot of dangerous things. But he is obviously also an amazing and fearless climber.

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