Underland: A Deep Time Journey (Compact Disc)

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Macfarlane is already the best nature & landscape writer of this generation, but Underland is far and away his masterwork to date. He chronicles an amazing series of underground adventures: a harrowing caving experience beneath innocuous Somerset, England; visiting humanity’s folly in a nuclear waste site far underground; spending a night traveling the vast Paris catacombs; discovering underground rivers and mountainous black sand dunes beneath the Italian Alps. Yet his experiences making his way to the incredible cave of Kollhellaren in Norway - alone - and watching 100,000 year old “deep time” ice calve from a Greenland glacier due to human-caused climate change are of the most stunning, vivid pieces of narrative nonfiction I have ever read. All of which begs the question (first posed by Jonas Salk) “Are we being good ancestors?” All of this wonder at the amazing worlds beneath our feet leads us to ask whether we are being good stewards of the earth - no surprise that we’re probably not. But the more awareness generated and awe inspired by prose as gorgeous and eloquent as Macfarlane’s is all the better, especially for future generations. -seth

— Seth

June 2019 Indie Next List


“I don’t think there is a square mile of ground on this planet where Robert Macfarlane couldn’t dig up a new, wondrous story. Underland continues the tradition of profound storytelling, reflection, and, quite simply, gorgeous writing we have come to expect from him. Macfarlane’s ventures into the underworlds of our planet, both mythical and literal, may amount to his finest work yet, and not just because these are the places that have captivated me most throughout my life. I feel fortunate to be living at the same time as him, knowing that as long as he is writing, there is something to look forward to.”
— Chris La Tray, Fact & Fiction Downtown, Missoula, MT

Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List


“A study of the cultural, geological, and psychological call of the world beneath. From ancient cave paintings to the language of trees, from the catacombs of Paris to the burial mounds of nuclear power plants, McFarlane leads us on a bounding but intimate journey through our past and into our future.”
— Ben Kemper, Rediscovered Books, Boise, ID



Product Details
ISBN: 9781665123495
ISBN-10: 1665123494
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Publication Date: June 25th, 2019
Language: English