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Underland A Deep Time Journey [PDF / EPUB] Underland A Deep Time Journey From the best selling award winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways a haunting voyage into the planet’s past and futureHailed as the great nature writer of this generation Wall Street Journal R From the best selling award winning Deep Time PDF º author of Landmarks and The Old Ways a haunting voyage into the planet’s past and futureHailed 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 itselfIn this highly anticipated seuel to his international bestseller Underland A Kindle - 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 A Deep Time PDF/EPUB Á the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep sunk “hiding place” where nuclear waste will be stored for 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”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 uestion “Are we being good ancestors to the future Earth” Underland marks a new turn in Macfarlane’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.

  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • Underland A Deep Time Journey
  • Robert Macfarlane
  • English
  • 21 January 2016
  • 9780393242140

About the Author: Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane is a British nature Deep Time PDF º writer and literary critic Educated at Nottingham High School Pembroke College Cambridge and Magdalen College Oxford he is currently a Fellow of Emmanuel College Cambridge and teaches in the Faculty of English at Cambridge.



10 thoughts on “Underland A Deep Time Journey

  1. says:

    I’m a seasoned armchair traveler used to shadowing journeys that I know I’ll never do myself One of my BFFs is always telling me ‘never say never’ and perhaps she’s right except when it comes to this book Underland Hand on heart I will never follow in Robert Macfarlane’s footsteps underground I’m too claustrophobicThis book is many layered A bridging theme to his many different journeys is our generation’s legacy to the future In the words of Jonas Salk “Are we being good ancestors?” No we’re not is the short answer and I think we all know that There’s nowhere that it’s apparent than on Greenland’s glaciers The speed at which they’re melting should terrify us all MacFarlane doesn’t just travel over the glaciers he abseils into a moulin which is a hole made by meltwater that deep down will turn into a fast flowing river that melts the glacier from belowIt is his journeys below ground that sent shivers down my spine He describes his caving exploits in England so well that I found myself holding my breath with him as he sueezed through holes so narrow that he had to turn his head sideways to get through How can people do that? He journeys miles out under the North Sea through mining tunnels where euipment is left to rot because it’s impossible to get it back out I felt just as claustrophobic when he writes about his ‘urban exploration’ experiences sueezing through rabbit hole size spaces to gain access to mile after mile of tunnels beneath Paris I didn’t know this was a thing and that there are groups of people all over the world participating in this ‘hobby’As he wanders through a forest he learns about the hidden life of all that grows there A forest ‘might best be imagined as a super organism’ A city of interactions with trees fungi and plants sharing trading befriending and supporting each other in a world that lies hidden under our feet ‘a wood wide web’This book is full of amazing journeys thoughtful writing and guidance for the future if anyone wants to listen The ultimate lesson we should learn for our own peace of mind is ‘Find beauty be still’With thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books UK for a review copy

  2. says:

    Second time attempting this second time DNF'ing I cannot stand this author's style nor can I stand the way he jumps all over the place I am in a slim minority here and most people love it alas I cannot take another page I thought for sure this time when I'm so desperately needing some nonfiction and not much else is available I would get into this Page 70 and my skin is crawling and my mind is screaming NO MORE This is not very scientific though the author nods his head at science and tosses in a few tidbits of information However if you're looking for facts minus flowery writing mythology and the author waxing poetic about his underground explorations all of which is repetitive keep looking You'll not find it in this book Next

  3. says:

    I will never again think of the world under my feet in uite the same way again I new Chicago had an underground because I have been there and I had heard of the Parks catacombs but had no clue about much in this book Hidden ocesns invisible cities and people who make this type of exploration their lives uest Plants and their symbiosis between other plants and with what lies under their feet There is much included within this book for me some interesting than othersI love the humble way this is written an author who often feels out of his depth but is willing to learn as much as possible I love the thought and have actually been in ruins of houses barns but I could not bear to go to many of the places he went The areas he had to sueeze through I shudder just thinking if it The different ways the underground is used scientists running experiments a place to hide waste that is too dangerous to be stored any other way and even partying a underground culture He also travels to many different places in the world and often compares different things in mythology to what he investigates A good and solid look at what lies beneathThe narrator was Matthew Watterson and enjoyed his narrative ability

  4. says:

    I was wary of Underland at the beginning as I normally reach for Macfarlane’s books when I cannot go exploring myself Sort of a stand in adventure while bound to my desk for work or asthma keeping my indoors in winter How would it work reading about him exploring terrain that I have absolutely no interest in exploring myself? Would I love it or would I be detached and disinterested?Right from the beginning I was greeted by the high level of writing It is a bit like meeting up with an old friend you sit down and pick up where you left off even when it has been years The writing is sublime And the introduction to the Underlands is gentle sharing his fascination his motives for writing he slowly guides us into the book I loved visiting underground spaces in this way without the need for myself to get uncomfortable wet or in a dangerous situation Armchair travelling at its bestNot all journeys take you literally underground some are just left you wondering what’s underfoot and I certainly took that with me on my walks last week on holiday in Scotland Oddly I thought most about his words after climbing the hill to an old Iron Age Hillfort pondering what lay beneath me and what memories the stones held that I was standing on I don’t think I ever really gave that much thought to what is under my feet than that what lies before my eyes when out walking And uite frankly that change in perspective was refreshingIt also got me thinking about my own place in the world what legacy I will leave behind What impact I can have to safeguard to protect and to pass on And this is where the real strength of any good book comes from The moment you put it down it still occupies your thoughts you carry its wisdom with you and phrases pop into your head when you are doing other thingsCertainly a book for me that I will revisit over and over again preferably reading out passages to my husband because the writing is just so wonderful And we shall keep going out and find beauty and be still

  5. says:

    How does one even begin to review this book? I’m not even sure what to label it – it’s partly a traveladventure book; it’s also a nature book with lots of biology geology history climate science and many other interesting things From its first pages it was obvious that McFarlane is a talented writer – in my view he’s the best nature landscape writer I’ve ever read His descriptive language is incredibly evocative He’s an excellent observer of his surroundings and pretty apt when it comes to characterisations This book seeps with passion – passion for nature landscape and knowledge It was hard for me to resist its pull McFarlane’s passion trickled into me sort of by osmosis via Matthew Waterson’s splendid narration I think I’m in love ; Underland managed to be both high brow and very accessible – a feat in itself Thank goodness I came across it it had been a while since I was that exhilarated by an authorbook Even the cover is stunning it's one of my favouritesThe audiobook gets 1010

  6. says:

    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 It makes me want to go there even though I know I wouldn’t last 30 minutes in that weather

  7. says:

    British nature writer Macfarlane has written an enthralling exploration of the Earth below us He has structured the book around three uses that humans have had “to shelter what is precious to yield what is valuable and to dispose of what is harmful” Along the way the reader gets to experience claustrophobia that flows from Macfarlane’s experiences like when he and a fellow spelunker enter a ruckle an underground subsidence of boulders prone to shifting and toppling in the Mendips a uarried limestone range in England pocketed with ancient burial chambers Or there is the time he nearly becomes stuck in a narrow vertical shaft while exploring the catacombs under the streets of ParisThis book is the culmination of 10 years of researchexploration and is designed to raise important issues the relationship of man with his landscape the instability of time and place and most important the impermanence of humans He witnesses an example of the conseuences of climate change when he sees a huge ice pyramid crashing off the Knud Rasmussen Glacier in Greenland He believes that a warming planet is now beyond our control What will we leave behind us? Plastiglomerate plastic trash that melts when exposed to heat and wraps around grit and sand and lead 207 the stable isotope at the end of the uranium 235 decay chainEnjoy Macfarlane’s beautifully written book highlighting the waning Anthropocene age Highly recommend

  8. says:

    Robert Macfarlane is always interesting and this is probably his best book since The Old Ways His definition of underland is a loose one encompassing woodland and glaciers as well as caves His journeys are personal and idiosyncratic and there is plenty of speculation on deep time and how the anthropocene age might be viewed by whatever succeeds us in the long term future Many historical themes are touched on from primitive cave art in France and Norway to wartime atrocities in what is now the ItalianSlovenian borderInevitably with such a disparate collection not all of the subjects are eually interesting but Macfarlane's enthusiasms are infectious

  9. says:

    This was a bit of a hodgepodge for me; that it’s exceptionally written goes without saying but I’m not sure Macfarlane succeeds in bringing together all of his wildly different subterranean topics mining caving burial chambers the study of dark matter radioactive waste tree communication networks Parisian catacombs the mythical rivers of the underworld prehistoric cave paintings resistance to oil drilling Greenland’s glaciers and Finland’s tunnels and I felt crushed by the weight of the prose by page 30 and skimmed the restSome lines I loved“Time moves differently here in the underland It thickens pools flows rushes slows”“Philip Larkin famously proposed that what will survive of us is love Wrong What will survive of us is plastic swine bones and lead 207 the stable isotope at the end of the uranium 235 decay chain”“The same three underground tasks recur across cultures and epochs to shelter what is precious to yield what is valuable and to dispose of what is harmful”“We are often tender to the dead than to the living though it is the living who need our tenderness most” I was also sobered by his statement that most of us don’t know where we will be buried – a symptom of the nomadic nature of modern living

  10. says:

    This is a strange duck of a book Especially if it is a spelunking duck with a penchant for science and poetryI want to say that it is a pretty interesting and diverse book on the concept of the underground whether it is exploring deep caverns crypts deep dives or mycelium networks in the forest And it is It's very very interesting Any kind of deep concept such as ice mining to discover the deep past ways to put away nuclear waste products catching rare nuclear particles all of it is included in the text And what's ? This book of exploration is personal awe inspiring creative as hell and it reads almost like poetryHell This book IS like poetry Tons of connections are made between all these diverse elements and the language used is really really prettySo why didn't I give this a five star rating just for its beauty?Because while it was pretty damn inspiring at the beginning it wore me down and tired me out by the endI think it would be a very nice book to read over a long stretch of time A little each night as your mind is relaxing letting go getting weird and creative Read it like poetry A little at a time Enjoy the language the connections and don't let it turn into a regular non fiction title Yes there's some great science going on in here but make no mistakeTHIS IS POETRY

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