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Anthill: A Novel Paperback – April 12 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 152 ratings

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[Wilson smuggles] gems of empirical knowledge across the literary border to create fiction with unusually rewarding heft.—Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review

Part epic-inspired adventure story, part philosophy-of-life, part many-layered mid-century Alabama viewed in finely observed detail, part ant life up close, part lyrical hymn to the wonders of earth…yes, all of these.—Margaret Atwood, New York Review of Books

One part of Anthill, by the world’s leading myrmecologist, demonstrates that in Mr Wilson ants have found not only their Darwin but also their Homer…The tale within a tale is an astonishing literary achievement; nobody but Mr Wilson could have written it, and those who read it will tread lightly in the forest, at least for a while…his evocation of their ways is a more powerful tool for raising ecological awareness than any Disneyfication is likely to be. —The Economist

Wilson’s foray into fiction allows him to write more expressively, psychologically, even spiritually about the great web of life, humankind included, and the irrefutable rules for ecological survival…A teacher as well as a scientist, Wilson uses the prism of fiction to cast new light on the grand unifying lesson of nature: all of us earthlings, all of life’s astonishing creations, thrive or fail together.—Donna Seaman, Chicago Tribune

The astute, knowledgeable, amazing structure of Anthill is a masterpiece of craft, a fictional embodiment of the ant. —Sue Brannon Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama, Alabama Press-Register

[A] beautifully written coming-of-age novel about a young boy in Alabama. The highly respected author and entomologist may be sneaking some science down the throats of self-respecting fiction readers everywhere with the tale of a boy-turned-environmental lawyer who tries to save wildlife, but we hardly mind.—The Daily Beast

Lush with organic details, Wilson’s keen eye for the natural world and his acumen for environmental science is on brilliant display in this multifaceted story about human life and its connection to nature.—Publishers Weekly, starred review

The savage conflicts between the Trailhead and Waterside colonies are as dramatic as any epic of Herodotus or Thucydides, histories Wilson evokes in his characterization of the tiny warriors as myrmidons and hoplites.—Harvey Freedenberg, Shelf Awareness

A triumphant epic of life by the world’s greatest naturalist. This is War and Peace—among the ants, the land developers, and the environmentalists and preachers. Marvel at E. O. Wilson’s wondrous and captivating creation. —Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute

It’s slightly mysterious how E. O. Wilson manages to combine so many different talents in one person—from close observation to grand theorizing to deep compassion to well-paced, lively writing. (If he were actually an ant, he’d be the warrior and the drone and the queen and everyone else too.) This novel will remind people of all his gifts and introduce them to some new ones!—Bill McKibben, author of Radio Free Vermont

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Advance Praise for Anthill

Thick with the spell of nature, Anthill is a powerful tale of ant empires and a boy determined to save them."--Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper's Wife

Praise for Edward O. Wilson

"Wilson speaks with a humane eloquence which calls to us all."--Oliver Sacks

His style is gracious and lucid, the example of his life greatly inspiring.--Barry Lopez

"Wilson is a writer of enthralling importance for our place in time."--Edward Hoagland, Los Angeles Times

"There's a new Darwin. His name is Edward O. Wilson."--Tom Wolfe

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ WW Norton; Reprint edition (April 12 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 039333970X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0393339703
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 345 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 2.44 x 20.96 cm
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