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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

de Elisabeth Tova Bailey

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In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Tova Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her 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 understanding of her own place in the world. Intrigued by the snail's molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, offering a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal. 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 can illuminate our own human existence, while providing an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.… (més)
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Snail Zen!

"The right thing to do is to do nothing, the place to do it is in a place of concealment and the time to do it is as often as possible."

This smallish book was good to read at my snaillike pace. I borrowed the kindle version, which begins each chapter with a short quote or haiku and ends it with a sketch. I read that the print version also has deckle edge pages and excellent paper.

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#34. A book from a genre or sub genre that starts with a letter in your name (nonfiction) ( )
  Linda_Louise | Jan 20, 2021 |
This was a really beautiful little book; Bailey's musings on the slow life of the wild snail, connecting her own disability and the slow life it brings to snails, is more thoughtful than maybe I had anticipated, and it's just written so beautifully that even if you are not that interested in snails (I am no snail aficionado) you can still have a good time learning about snails and thinking about what a slowed down life might look like. So also an especially good read for our current Pandemic Times! ( )
1 vota aijmiller | Nov 24, 2020 |
I can't speak highly enough of this amazing book. I LOVE books that speak to the interconnectedness between nature and people.

This memoir is written by a woman who had an illness that left her bedridden and her friend brought her a plant with a snail in it. She thought to herself, 'what am I going to do with a snail?'

As the days went on, she observed the snail and began to realize the ways in which she and this little creature were similar. Such a well-written, researched and inspiring book. ( )
  coffeefairy | Nov 21, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this short little book which intertwines the progress of an illness with observations and comparisons with the life and habits of snails. Truth be told, I don't much enjoy accounts of illnesses - particularly since reading Prozac Nation - I wasn't sure that I would be able to cope with the self obsessed nature of this kind of book. I'm just not cut out for it and mean no offence to ill and suffering authors. However, the title drew me in: what DOES it sound like?

I'm so glad I bothered. This is a treasure trove of a book in which the author has shared with us something that she had in abundance, ie time, to give us a wide ranging overview of the lives of these most unassuming creatures. Bedridden and devoid of energy, Elisabeth Tova Bailey acquires a snail as a pet and becomes absorbed by its habits and day to day activities which are perfectly matched to the pace and scope of her own. Bailey gives us poetry, zoology, and fictional references galore with which to further our own appreciation as well as insight into life on a small scale.

Delicate illustrations by Susan Brand and Kathy Bray enhance the text.

If you think you could never learn to appreciate gastropods, I challenge you to give this a read.

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  nick4998 | Oct 31, 2020 |
Lovely book ( )
  maryzee | Sep 13, 2020 |
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A small pet is often an excellent companion.
— Florence Nightingale, Notes on Nursing, 1912
The natural world is the refuge of the spirit... richer even than human imagination.
—Edward O. Wilson, Biophilia, 1984
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In early spring, a friend went for a walk in the woods, and glancing down at the path, saw a snail. Picking it up, she held it gingerly in the palm of her hand and carried it back toward the studio where I was convalescing.
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...my grandfather settled into life as a country doctor...when he answered a patient's call, even in the middle of the night, his very first words were always, "I am so sorry that you are not feeling well." How rare is it to hear a doctor express such empathy.
It seemed far more sensible to belong to a species that had evolved natural tooth replacement than to belong to one that had developed the dental profession.
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In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Tova Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her 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 understanding of her own place in the world. Intrigued by the snail's molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, offering a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal. 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 can illuminate our own human existence, while providing an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.

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