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Underland
Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
The unmissable new book from the bestselling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Old Ways and The Lost Words Discover the hidden worlds beneath our feet... In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes a dazzling journey into the concealed geographies of the ground beneath our feet - the hidden regions beneath the visible surfaces of the world. From the vast below-ground mycelial networks by which trees communicate, to the ice-blue depths of glacial moulins, and from North Yorkshire to the Lofoten Islands, he traces an uncharted, deep-time voyage. Underland a thrilling new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of the relations of landscape and the human heart. 'He is the great nature writer, and nature poet, of this generation' Wall Street Journal 'Packed with stories based in geography, history, myth, gossip, legend, religion, geology and the natural world. Macfarlane's writing moves and enthrals' The Times on The Old Ways 'Irradiated by a profound sense of wonder... Few books give such a sense of enchantment; it is a book to give to many, and to return to repeatedly' Independent on Landmarks
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Lindy
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From the 1800s the quarry voids were put to a new use as mushroom fields: damp and dark, they provided the perfect growing spaces for fungi, which sprouted from rows of horse manure. Adaptable quarrymen made a career move into mushroom farming, and a subterranean Horticultural Society of Paris was founded, its first president being a former inspector of the mines.

readordierachel Mushrooms can be so beautiful 🍄 43m
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Lindy
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We are part mineral beings to—our teeth are reefs, our bones are stones—and there is a geology of the body as well as of the land. It is mineralization—the ability to convert calcium into bone—that allows us to walk upright, to be vertebrate, to fashion the skulls that shield our brains.

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Lindy
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The burial chamber, the gravestone, the hillside on which ashes have been scattered, the cairn: these are the places to which the living can return and where loss may be laid to rest. The grief of those who have been unable to locate the bodies of their loved ones can be especially corrosive—acid and unhealing.

[This quote reminds me of the Argentinian novel, The Remainder.]

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Aimeesue
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Just starting this one. I love that cover.
Strange, but this is the second very recent release I've read in a row. Very unusual for me. Huh.

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Lindy
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These creatures once built their skeletons and shells out of calcium carbonate, metabolizing the mineral content of the water in which they lived to create intricate architectures. In this way, limestone can be seen as merely one phase in a dynamic earth cycle, whereby mineral becomes animal becomes rock; rock that will in time—in deep time—eventually supply the calcium carbonate out of which new organisms will build their bodies […]

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Lindy
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We are often more tender to the dead than to the living, though it is the living who need our tenderness most.

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Lindy
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A fourth of the way into Underland, my list of rare vocabulary is already too long for a Litsy post. Words show the shift between chapters from caving (gryke, clint, swallet, adits, kist, blebs) to mining & particle physics (flowstone, ringwoodite, apotropaiac, gruffy, ruckle, halite, sylvite, fissile, aragonite, baryonic, muons, paramoudra, ling) to woodland (hyphae, pleaching, inosculation, rhizotrons, holobionts, yaffles, mycoheterotrophs). ❤️

wanderinglynn Great photo 💚 3d
Lindy @wanderinglynn Thanks! I took it while walking in Vancouver last month. The trees there are amazing. 3d
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Lindy
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Perhaps we need an entirely new language system to talk about fungi … We need to speak in spores.

Cathythoughts Amazing ❤️ 3d
Lindy @Cathythoughts Isn‘t this mushroom adorable? There were a whole bunch of them on a hillside in Vancouver and at first I thought it was an art installation. 🍄 3d
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merelybookish
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MacFarlane explores the underland, the places beneath our feet and in our imaginations, where treasures are hid and secrets disposed. He goes beneath cities, through mines, into caves, and down holes in the ice. It is a fascinating and beautiful journey, even as it becomes clear how nothing remains in the underland forever, especially as our climate shifts. Inevitably the #future of the planet becomes part of this story, too.
@Cinfhen #MOvember

Cinfhen Sounds really fascinating 6d
Emilymdxn I loved this book! 6d
merelybookish @Cinfhen It was! Dense at times but really interesting! He weaves so much today! 5d
merelybookish @Emilymdxn Me too! Have you read any of his previous books? 5d
Emilymdxn Yes I‘ve read the old ways and lost words both of which were fantastic! 5d
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merelybookish
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Reading an amazing chapter on the history of the Paris Catacombs.
#TIL cataphile - a person who likes to explore, make art, party and/or inhabit the Catacombs
Catacop - the police trained to enforce the laws in the Catacombs. #nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388
And today I surpassed 100,000 litfluence (which I know doesn't matter 😉).🎉🎉 Still, kinda fun. Thanks everyone! 😘

readordierachel Catacop makes me think of a cat in a police outfit 😆 2w
Soubhiville Nice! Congratulations! 2w
vivastory Congrats on the milestone! Celebrate responsibly, otherwise you'll find yourself in trouble with 😺👮🚓 2w
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Bklover Congratulations on your milestone!!! 2w
Daisey Congratulations! 🎉 2w
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 on your milestone 💫 2w
batsy A deserved milestone! 🎉 This calls for a party in the catacombs! (I'm mildly claustrophobic but also eternally fascinated with them) 2w
merelybookish @vivastory Yes, must avoid that! 😀 2w
merelybookish @Soubhiville @Bklover @Daisey Thank you! Love hanging out with all you kind, fun Littens! 2w
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! 😘 Your emoji use is on point! 😀 2w
merelybookish @batsy Thanks! I'm good on the Catacombs. Fun to read about. No need to visit! 😯But maybe someday we'll get that Litsy dance party! 💃 2w
veritysalter I had a fantastic afternoon in the Paris Catacombs, there is real beauty in the displays, and a quietness that is fitting. ☠️ I want to visit Sedlec Ossuary in Prague next. 2w
Clwojick 4pts. AND congratulations!!!! 😍 1w
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merelybookish
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Something new on audio. It's good so far! A fascinating mix of nature, science and culture.
#TIL: A ruckle is a space created by a bunch of boulders.
#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

rsteve388 That's cool 4 pts 2w
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HardcoverHearts
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And here is my bounty of book possibilities for Nonfiction November reading!

Maude I just finished Underland and it was quite interesting :) 3w
merelybookish So many great choices...I might start with a Cusk. 🙂 3w
batsy A fabulous stack. How to do Nothing is pretty brilliant 🙂 3w
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HardcoverHearts @merelybookish 😂Good choice- but which one?! 😂 2w
HardcoverHearts @batsy I‘m saving that one for Thanksgiving weekend. I think it will be a nice way to wind it down. 2w
Simona Nice pile❣️ Mitfords are so intriguing family. Happy reading! 2w
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MargaretPinardAuthor
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Just went to the #PNBA #bookseller trade show and brought back a #bookhaul! My favorite lucky hit was Underland which I have been salivating for...
Thank you #publishers, and Robert MacFarlane!
Books are my bag, but also my JAM!

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RowReads1
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Day 2 #7days7covers #covercrush
Both the US and UK editions have this very colorful art by Stanley Donwood on the cover. Here‘s more info on it https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2018/robert-macfarlane-working-with-artist-st... .

batsy Yes! I'm so drawn to this cover (and the book). 2mo
readordierachel I could stare at that all day! 2mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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“‘Never again shall I celebrate such a Mass in a setting that was so closely united to the Divine Sacrament...in this vast cave we must have looked more like insects than human beings. And yet-our souls were on fire. We were so far from our surroundings, or if we sensed them at all it was because they had lost something of their material quality and become vast and luminous.‘”

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Godpants
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I only just started this but it‘s so powerful already and I‘m mad I didn‘t buy a copy instead of borrowing it from the library. I feel like I need to cherish this magical object.

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“The same three tasks recur across cultures and epochs: to shelter what is precious, to yield what is valuable, and to dispose of what is harmful.
Shelter (memories, precious matter, messages, fragile lives)
Yield (information, wealth, metaphors, minerals, visions)
Dispose (waste, trauma, poison, secrets)

Into the underland we have long place that which we fear and wish to lose, and that which we love and wish to save.”

Booksnchill Loved this book 2mo
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Booksnchill
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Just finished the audiobook of this and find out it just won the Wainwright Prize. It is an exploration by Macfarlane of “what lies beneath”. From the forest underlayers of fungus to the cave systems of France and the icefields of Greenland. What a wonderful way to explore the natural world and the perils we are facing. Beautiful and somewhat claustrophobic- evocative of a vast universe and our small part but big impact. 5⭐️

Booksnchill @britt_brooke 2 - 5⭐️ reads this year! 3mo
britt_brooke 🤣👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Booksnchill Correction- not read by author but felt like it! 3mo
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Mitch
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It was a fab shortlist ... and a well deserved winner 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Karkar Love the cover 😍😍 3mo
sudi This one has been on TBR since i saw it in the ShelfAwareness email. But the ebook is too pricey, and i can't afford it right now. I'll wait till there is a sale or an offer or something 😕 3mo
Mitch @sudi now it‘s a ‘winner‘ I‘m sure the deals will flow 🤞🏼 3mo
Mitch @Karkar it‘s beautiful isn‘t it ? 3mo
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mklong
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MacFarlane lets us tag along as he explores the vast world beneath our feet (the catacombs of France, ancient cemeteries, mines where dark matter is studied, Bronze age Norwegian cave art, etc..) complete with the many engaging characters who inhabit and explore this world. His enthusiasm for the beauty of these parts of the earth, that so few of us will ever see, makes this a real pleasure.

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Booksnchill
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Bought this one on audio and it is a fascinating non fiction work by a master. To quote the NYRB “The nerve center of his book is our relationship to the subterranean Earth in “deep time”. Wonderful narration and full of wonders- both I and Colin Thubron of the NYRB highly recommend it!

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Bleebleblop
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Loving this one.

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RowReads1
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Emilymdxn
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I always love Robert Macfarlane and this was no exception! I had never thought in detail about humans‘ relationship with the idea of ‘underground‘ before but there were so many layers and aspects of it. This had a lot of what I was hoping Sapiens would give me but didn‘t - a lyrical look at humanity in the context of huge timeframes. Inspiring too in terms of climate change and the idea of trying to be a good ancestor

Redwritinghood Just finished it yesterday and loved it, too. 5mo
Emilymdxn @RedWritinghood great to see it getting the love it deserves! 5mo
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Redwritinghood
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Wonderful book! The writing is fantastic. It‘s lovingly descriptive and deeply contemplative. The author explores the spaces deep within the Earth for what they say about the Earth‘s long past and what it might mean for our future. His descriptions of exploring arctic ice and what the deepest levels may have locked within them was my favorite part. 5⭐️ #hoopla

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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Added this 488 page #Nonfiction look at the world beneath our feet to my #TBR stack.
#GreenvilleSC

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HillsAndHamletsBookshop
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Yeah, MacFarlane is a genius and I‘ve found a new permanent resident author for my staff picks shelf in our bookstores! 🤓📚❤️

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Briary
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My current reads. I'm finding McFarlane absolutely fascinating. The writing is beautiful, that goes without saying, but it is a surprisingly dark book, with current themes. And I am in love. Even though I get a bit claustrophobic at times.

Good Omens and The Strange Case of the Alchemist Daughter are both loved rereads.

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CJEskriett
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We are often more tender to the dead than to the living, though it is the living who need our tenderness most

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CJEskriett
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This whole book is WONDERFUL

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Lizpixie
Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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#BookMail Pt8 The final mail from last week is a preorder from Waterstones. A signed copy of Robert MacFarlanes new book,it‘s Speculative Non Fiction.A sequel to The Old Ways, his work about the ancient paths that cross Great Britain,this delves deeper into the past & further across the earth. From prehistoric art in Norway‘s sea caves,the catacombs beneath Paris & the deep place where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000yrs.Well worth a read.

Emilymdxn Oh wow this looks amazing! I love his books I need to get this one 6mo
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Briary
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Also I have a mighty need to have this.

"an epic exploration of the Earth‘s underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself."

Gimme!?

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Mitch
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https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2019/may/how-robert-macfarlane-documented-und...

Super interest article featuring the travel notebooks that Robert Macfarlane used when writing his new book.

kathedron Love this! ❤ 6mo
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Oryx
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For your tote collection @mitch

Mitch Perfect! Thanks for the heads up - I do ❤️a matching book and tote! 7mo
jhod Oooh so tempting! Sorry I missed your birthday 🎂 hope you had a good one and will pop something to you now! X 7mo
Oryx @jhod oh don't worry, you don't need to send me anything. Hope you have a lovely long weekend! 7mo
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cmiller0
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While the book IMO loses some momentum in the beginning of it's third and final part, Robert MacFarlane fans are going to find this essential, and those unacquainted are going to have more material to regret not having encountered sooner.

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cmiller0
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Upcoming release from a favorite writer. Already digging in and it's living up to/exceeding expectations. I wish my mind worked more like Robert MacFarlane's.