Underland: A Deep Time Journey

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 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 explor From the best-selling, award-winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways, a haunting voyage into the planet?s pa...

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Title:Underland: A Deep Time Journey
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: A Deep Time Journey Reviews

  • Alan Williams
    May 03, 2019
    This is probably Robert Macfarlane's best book to date. From the Mendips to the catacombs beneath Paris; from the former Yugoslavia to Greenland. The book is both claustrophobic and mind expanding. I think I'd still say that "The Wild Places" is my favourite of his books but that's ...
  • 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...
  • Lindsay
    Jun 30, 2019
    I read this book with admiration for the skillful wordsmith-ing and the awful realization that the author risked his life to bring these deep places to life for us. His use of language is intoxicating. The subject matter sometimes very dark...like the chapter dealing with the melting g...
  • Charlotte Burt
    Apr 06, 2019
    This guy can really write. Armchair caving at it's best and so much more. I loved the chapter about the Paris catacombs. ...
  • 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...
  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Jun 29, 2019
    This was utterly fascinating. Macfarlane looks at various natural and manmade underground things -- caves, underground rivers, the catacombs of Paris, moulins (basically like a waterfall into the center of a glacier), and more. You get the science, the history, archeology, mythology --...
  • 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...
  • Karen
    Feb 22, 2019
    I want to read everything this author has written.... ...
  • Karina
    Feb 19, 2019
    Utterly stunning writing, and for me, his finest book to date. ...
  • 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...
  • 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?...
  • John Wood
    Jun 26, 2019
    Reading is a voyeuristic activity allowing you to "see" and vicariously experience some amazing things. Macfarlane lets us experience the world underneath the ground. We, arguably, know less about this realm than we do outer space. In this fascinating journey we experience multiple env...
  • Michael
    Apr 10, 2019
    Wow! This book will blow you away with the insight that it provides. I am still in awe of the wealth of information that I have gained. It gives me such a better appreciation of our world and what lies underneath the surface. Robert McFarlane has lived so many things I would have thoug...
  • Andrew
    Jun 15, 2019
    Underland turned out to be my favourite book by Robert Macfarlane. He takes us on a journey beneath the earth: tree roots; a free diver; the Parisean catacombs; a Yorkshire mine; a repository for Nuclear waste; a glacier and more. There?s much to learn. I ended up researching poems, ...
  • 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...
  • 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 in...
  • Stephanie Crowe
    Mar 30, 2019
    I have never thought a lot about the ground under my feet as it was not in my visual line of sight. Macfarlane has changed my thinking on the subject and has written an insightful and very book on what is underground. A fascinating look at the varied life under the earth?s surface. A...
  • 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...
  • 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?...
  • Christopher Jones
    Jun 07, 2019
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