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Underland – A Deep Time Journey Hardcover – Illustrated, 21 June 2019

4.6 out of 5 stars 1,487 ratings

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"Robert Macfarlane is a magician with words. In Underland he shows us how to see in the dark. His writing is like a vortex...once caught, you're pulled deeper and deeper with each page." -- Andrea Wulf "I began this book with the thrill of realizing that Robert Macfarlane has over the years and books charted the heights and breadth of human travel before plumbing the depths in this exquisite book about what lies beneath. I ended it with wonder at his ability to evoke so vividly places to which I and probably you will never go, and the sense of vast scale they restore to us at a time when it can feel like the world has shrunken around us." -- Rebecca Solnit "Underland is a devastating act of witness, a clear, cogent, lyrical examination of the darknesses invisible beneath our feet, both geographical and eschatological; it is blazingly vivid about the terror and grandeur of both the natural world and the consequences of human destructiveness upon the Earth. But the book's great power comes from Robert Macfarlane's deliberate turn away from despair and a simple narrative of human evildoing, and toward a more deliberate, loving, and luminous sense of awe." -- Lauren Groff "Robert Macfarlane writes of his astonishing subterranean explorations with such wondrous, indelible power that you remember what he sees as if you saw it yourself. Underland is a profound reckoning with humankind's self-imperiled position in nature's eternal order. At once thrilling and soulful, raw and erudite, it is a book of revelations." -- Philip Gourevitch "Robert Macfarlane has long provided us with some of the most distinctive and sensitive thinking about how humans understand and experience the terrestrial world. In turning his attention to the subterranean in Underland, he has delivered his most urgent, universal, and expansive book yet." -- Francisco Cantu "Beautifully written and wise, this haunting book is a treasure by one of earth's keenest celebrants. Its unique spell is irresistible." -- Diane Ackerman "Robert Macfarlane's writing reminds us of the astonishing variety of things you can see when you go at walking speed, and of how strange and rich the world is." -- Philip Pullman "The king of the new nature writers returns with one of the year's most anticipated books." -- The Guardian "An eye-opening, lyrical, and even moving exploration." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Robert Macfarlane is the author of best-selling, prize-winning books about nature, place, and people, including Mountains of the Mind, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and (with Jackie Morris) The Lost Words. In 2017 he was awarded the E. M. Forster Prize for Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Cambridge, England, where he is a fellow of Cambridge University.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (21 June 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0393242145
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0393242140
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 816 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.26 x 3.3 x 24.38 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a blessing this book is.
By Ashwini A. on 9 June 2019
I think Underland is not the sort of book I would generally pick up and it’s a pity that I wouldn’t. This book is both magical and haunting at once, the claustrophobia you can feel is as real as if you were trapped in a cave all alone. I don’t think I have ever read something like this and sure it might not have felt as the best start (because the writing does take a bit to get used to) but trust me when I say that this is something everyone should be reading.

I am a dreamer of long travels across the globe and I wish I was half as well-travelled as the author because the sort of feelings this book brought out in me can only be explained as a sort of envy mixed in with relief. I doubt I would ever brave the underground as he fearlessly seems to do, this is something I wish I could experience but also I am glad that I haven’t, if that makes any sense at all. (I doubt it really does.)

The writing is exquisite and just so damn engaging. I had a rough week while I was reading this, didn’t get enough time to read it at a long stretch but trust me when I say that I savoured each and every minute I got to read more of this. The way he talks about certain places holding memories made me think of where I live and what sort of things the earth has seen in its long life. I am not really the sort to think of things like that so when I did, I had a few uncomfortable feelings. Of the good kind, I suppose.

This book doesn’t just talk about the sort of mark humans are leaving behind but it also makes us question what are we leaving behind individually? I rarely think of something like that so when this book made me think of that, I was glad. The writing is sublime, the topics pretty hard and a bit scary and sad but at the end, you are left with this wonder and hope that’s hard to explain.

I am so grateful that NetGalley and Penguin Books UK granted me approve to read this ahead of its publication, unfortunately due to real life, this got pushed forward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Macfarlane leads the way
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 May 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read let down by its illustration
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 May 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Class Author and Good Read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 June 2019
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Ian Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent read by one of our greatest writers.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 June 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2019
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