Underland

Underland

From the best-selling, award-winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways, a haunting voyage into the planet?s past and future. 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 under(Wall From the best-selling, award-winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways, a haunt...

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Title:Underland
Author:Robert Macfarlane
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Underland: A Deep Time Journey
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:496 pages pages

Underland Reviews

  • jeremy
    May 07, 2019
    one of the most compelling, vivid, thought-provoking, magnificent, and richly composed non-fiction books i've read in some time, robert macfarlane's underland: a deep time journey traverses the european continent, exploring subterranean locales both natural and man-made (and, er, man-c...
  • Laura
    Apr 28, 2019
    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: In his eagerly awaited new book, Robert Macfarlane muses on the worlds beneath our feet. Abridged for radio by Katrin Williams. In this the Anthropocene Age, life underground is ecologically and delicately poised... And then he recalls a vivid c...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jun 18, 2019
    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 the w...
  • Debbie Gascoyne
    Sep 04, 2019
    Robert Macfarlane writes in the introduction to this quite extraordinary work that although we spend a lot of time gazing at and thinking about the sky, the stars, what's overhead, we seldom if ever think about the worlds below our feet. Macfarlane opens up those worlds, each chapter a...
  • Overbylass
    May 09, 2019
    I've only read three books by the author so far and will try more over time .I try so hard to be team Macfarlane .The books are praised so highly that I want in on it all -but I always feel I'm not wanted. I feel excluded , that somehow the books know I was born working class , educate...
  • Thom
    Aug 25, 2019
    Poetic exploration of underground topics, following the authors physical exploration of many of them. Caves, catacombs under Paris, hidden rivers, urban exploration and nuclear containment vaults are just some of the many topics touched on in this wonderful work. This is the first M...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Aug 24, 2019
    Robert Macfarlane, the author of 'Underland', is both a spelunker and a mountain climber - at least, if he wasn't before, he certainly is now. 'Underland' is the first book by Macfarlane I have read, but he has written others. His other Nature books were also about places, common touri...
  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    Apr 15, 2019
    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 ha...
  • Karina
    Feb 19, 2019
    Utterly stunning writing, and for me, his finest book to date. ...
  • Jenny
    Aug 05, 2019
    A simply gorgeous book, filled with interesting facts, otherworldly locales, and a unique cast of "characters." Macfarlane's writing is some of the best I've read in its exactness and consideration. I learned so much from this book and felt like I was a traveling companion on his many ...
  • Alex Sarll
    Jan 28, 2019
    Macfarlane's latest book is his weirdest and most magical, his most political, and definitely his darkest. Maybe also his best. It's a coming to terms with the Anthropocene that is aware of the issues with that term, and which at times feels like it would be more at home with Donna Har...
  • Rebecca
    Apr 21, 2019
    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 ...
  • Lee
    Jun 01, 2019
    An excellent continuation of MacFarlane?s mapping of both real and psycho-geographic spaces, this time sub-terranean. Adds wonderfully to what will ultimately be a completely unique interactive history. Hard to imagine what might be next but very much looking forward to it. Thanks to...
  • Whitney Milam
    Aug 11, 2019
    I am obsessed with this book, probably because I don't think I've ever read one that explores (with such depth and nuance and compassion and thematic resonance and gorgeous prose!) quite so many of my personal obsessions all at once. Climate change and the Anthropocene, mythology and f...
  • Adrian White
    Jul 08, 2019
    I thought at first this suffered under the weight of philosophy and the search for a means of expressing what it is to be a human in this world. But once the author got in his stride (ha-ha!) I enjoyed this every bit as much as The Wild Places. And yes, it did make me wonder at what it...
  • Fiona
    Feb 12, 2019
    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?...
  • Fiona
    Feb 12, 2019
    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?...
  • Paul
    Jun 16, 2019
    Mankind has long looked to the heavens seeking fortune, inspiration and direction. Numerous cultures have all considered the underworld to be a place where a river carried the dead away from the surface, where death abounded, hell, hades and other places were thought to exist. It was s...
  • Nigel
    Mar 19, 2019
    In brief - Without question the best/most interesting Macfarlane book I have read. 4.5/5 and happily rounded up. In full I am a fan of Robert Macfarlane's work and have read a number of his books over the past few years. All the previous books I've read have been largely about lif...
  • David Kenvyn
    May 24, 2019
    I have to be honest. I bought this book because I was looking for something to read on a long train journey. The cover illustration is of interlocking branches over a sunset. Neither the title ?Underland? nor the sub-title ?A Deep Time Journey? gave any real indication of what ...
  • Penny
    Jun 02, 2019
    Definitely a 5 star read -absolutely brilliant and my book of 2019 so far. ...
  • Leah
    Apr 19, 2019
    Unfortunately, the author's style isn't working for me, so I'm abandoning the book at 30%. I find it shallow (ironically), full of poorly evidenced observations on the human relationship to underground spaces which don't stand up to much thought. I chose it because I'd been told his wr...
  • Glen
    Apr 22, 2019
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. A nature writer writes about caves and other underground topics. Spelunking seems fun, but dangerous, much like skydiving. Lots of ruminating and speculating. Fascinating, but several times we see how science is not all about facts and figu...
  • Radiantflux
    May 25, 2019
    69th book for 2019. Robert Macfarlane has rapidly become one of my favorite nature/travel writers. In his latest book, he takes the reader on a series of seemingly disconnected trips to the "underworld"; going amongst other places spelunking to discover hidden rives in Italy and...
  • Thebooktrail
    May 01, 2019
    Visit some of the locations - there's many underground! I always enjoy the books Robert Macfarlane writes but this one is my favourite. Ever since I read Alice in Wonderland, I have wanted to go underground and see what?s beneath our feet. I read a lot about the underground ...
  • Bruce Katz
    Jul 08, 2019
    I'm not sure how to adequately review a book like this, it is so unlike anything else I've read -- or that I can recall. I came upon it via an excerpt in the New Yorker. That piece consisted of Macfarlane's descent into the tunnels, caves, and subterranean galleries that lie beneath Pa...
  • Lou
    May 02, 2019
    Award-winning and bestselling author Robert Macfarlane is back with a stunning story of landscape, nature, people and place and the accompanying history. Mr Macfarlane captures your attention rapidly with the interesting, information-rich text describing places lots of people will have...
  • Katie Long
    Aug 09, 2019
    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 enthusi...
  • Kathleen
    Aug 18, 2019
    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 g...
  • Nick Swarbrick
    Jun 23, 2019
    Inviting quotation and questions in every section, this is a jewel of a book, an amazing, beautiful, technical and inspiring travelogue in which the author invites us to explore historically significant sites under the surface of the Earth or places connected to that Under-Land. I?...