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E.O. Wilson’s "Anthill: A Novel"
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One of the world’s best know naturalist, Edward O. Wilson, is the author of more than 20 books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Ants and Naturalist. Most recently Wilson has penned a novel entitled Anthill. His first foray in to nonfiction seems to be a grand success. Receiving starred reviews from both Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly, along with positive remarks from The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Economist and several highly regarded authors, the book is “the story of a boy who grows up determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: man himself.” The book does an exceptional job of weaving real life science in to the story line. The book gives readers a healthy dose of science through a touching and superbly written tale. This book is not to be missed.


The full review from Booklist:


Raphael Semmes Cody of Clayville, Alabama, nicknamed Raff, wants to please his mismatched parents, but he isn’t comfortable with his working-class father’s rules for manliness or the ambitions of his mother’s wealthy family. He instead finds meaning, beauty, and a calling in a tract of old-growth longleaf pine forest surrounding Lake Nokobee, a rare and vulnerable swath of wilderness Wilson describes with bewitching precision and profound appreciation. A foremost authority on ants, an eloquent environmentalist, and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for his exceptional nonfiction, Wilson has written a debut novel of astonishing dimension, acuity, and spirit. As Raff evolves from an ardent boy naturalist to a zealous student enthralled by a mound-building ant species to a Harvard-trained lawyer, Wilson dramatizes conflicts of great complexity and consequence within “parallel worlds,” becoming the veritable Homer of “Antdom” as he brings ant colonies in peace and at war to startlingly vivid life. As gentlemanly Raff walks a fine line in his heroic efforts to save the precious, pristine Nokobee Woods, violence, a force Wilson perceives as intrinsic to “this pitiless world,” percolates. With lyrical exactitude, empathy for all life, and a shocking conclusion, Wilson’s wise, provocative novel of the interaction between humankind and the rest of nature expresses a resonant earth ethic.


Other E.O. Wilson required reading:


The Ants. Burt Holldobler and E.O. Wilson. Harvard University Press, 1990.


Biophilia. E. O. Wilson. Harvard University Press, 1984.


The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth. E.O. Wilson. W.W. Norton, 2006.


The Diversity of Life. E. O. Wilson. Harvard University Press, 1992.


In Search of Nature. E.O. Wilson. Island Press, 1996.


Naturalist. E. O. Wilson. Grand Central Publishing, 1995.


On Human Nature. E. O. Wilson. Harvard University Press, 1978.

Posted 20 Jul 2010 8:26 AM by Heather Malcomson