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Underland

A Deep Time Journey
著者: Robert Macfarlane
ナレーター: Matthew Waterson
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カテゴリー: 洋書, Science & Technology

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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 underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself. 

In this highly anticipated sequel to The Old Ways, Macfarlane takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through "deep time" - the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present - he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk "hiding place" where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come. Woven through Macfarlane's own travels are the unforgettable stories of descents into the underland made across history by explorers, artists, cavers, divers, mourners, dreamers, and murderers, all of whom have been drawn for different reasons to seek what Cormac McCarthy calls "the awful darkness within the world."

©2019 Robert Macfarlane (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Clare Woods
  • 2019/07/05

Wonderful book, disappointing narrator

The writing is gorgeous, thought-provoking, moving... Macfarlane is one of my favourite authors, but this narrator butchers the pronunciation of so many words - proper names mostly. And I don’t mean in the way that American and British speakers often disagree. He can’t decide how to pronounce “anthropocene” for example, and many names from Greco-Roman myth are off (Penates, e.g.); but when he pronounced “Hebrides” as 2 syllables rhyming with rides, I knew I had to write this review. I finished the book because I’m a huge fan of Macfarlane, but please record this again.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • J. Kahn
  • 2019/07/07

Ditto

I agree about the narrator. Audiobooks have improved over the years in performance quality, but pronunciation still needs lots of work. Mispronounced common languages like Spanish or German make more readers cringe than one might think. Narrators must underline every foreign word or proper name before starting and consult a native speaker or university. Even narrators of works by authors from countries with less universally known languages like Turkish, Russian, not to mention African languages, must do their homework. Maybe returning messes like this one will capture publishers attention.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Will Szal
  • 2019/07/27

Sequel to "The Overstory"

As you might have gleaned from the title, this book is the de facto sequel to Richard Powers’ “The Overstory.”

During my time with this book, I found myself asking the question of whether or not MacFarland’s current topic of exploration (for there are many) was appropriately on-topic to be included in such a book. In other words, “Underland” is an expansive book covering a range of disparate topics which may be similar enough to be included in one compilation; it doesn’t quite hold together.

That said, like the journalism of Michael Pollan, the calibre of MacFarland’s storytelling makes it a good read regardless.

This book is about the spaces that humans access under land (and water)—ranging from caves, to sewers, to scientific research sites, to glaciers, to nuclear waste storage.

“Underland” is a graphic masterpiece. MacFarland crafts expansive and unfamiliar landscapes. Although written in prose form, the book exhibits a poetic aesthetic.

It is also a book that explores the relativity of time, or, in other words, Deep Time. On the timescale of the half-life of uranium waste, civilization is vanishingly small. On these longer timescales we are also much more open to a cyclical conception of time, as opposed to the ubiquitous myth of progress. One example of this is that the workers creating an underground nuclear waste site would joke that they would find casks of nuclear waste from some long-lost civilization during their excavation (I hear rumor that the similar myths have propagated surrounding the Long Now’s ten-thousand-year clock).

Glaciers give us yet another look at time—the Greenland ice shelf has been around for hundreds of thousands of years, and may disappear entirely within the timespan of the next century. Time can pool and rush.

MacFarland sets a decidedly anarchic tone to his exploration, often flouting the law. This sense of counter-culture might add to the appeal for disenchanted Westerners young and old. The dying earth sets the stage, and creates the conscious shock necessary for a different paradigm. I look forward to reading more books that inhabit this new worldview.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • D. Van Gundy
  • 2019/07/25

Another thought-provoking book from Macfarlane

Robert MacFarlane maybe my favorite nonfiction author writing today. The heir to John McPhee. This book is an exploration of the world beneath us in all of its wonders and dangers. Highly recommended.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kathleen
  • 2019/07/29

Absolutely . Stunning

There are not enough stars for UNDERLAND. McFarlane is just genius - pure and simple. His knowledge of this planet is so expansive, his language so glorious that I have been mesmerized by the worlds he paints with his word. I will listen to this book again. And then I will read it because there are phrases and sentences I want to memorize, just to have them echoing inside me.

How could anyone weave together a world of so many ecologies: of nature, of culture, of myth and ultimately of great mystery? Just keep pressing replay and then replay and then replay again. If this book does not set you off to save our one and only glorious home nothing will.
Thank you RMcF.
Kathleen

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
  • 2019/08/24

A Deeply satisfying book!

The author's book is an unusual but very interesting science travelogue. He explores many types of underground locations, both man-made and natural. Who knew there were so many such sites around the world? The book is also gorgeously written! The audio book reader for 'Underworld' was also wonderful.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • sarah nock
  • 2019/09/22

A Must Read for MacFarlane Fans

*DO NOT BELIEVE REVIEWER ELLEN S*
I have read almost all of MacFarlane’s books this summer and I cannot help but think that the reviewer Ellen S did not read the same book. MacFarlane’s style has not changed and if you found his other books pleasurable reading, I have no doubt that you will enjoy this book just as much or more. Included in this book are: adventurous exploits and exploration , endearing characters, and scientific and historical anecdotes all delivered with the same humanist approach. Is this what Miss S refers to as “mushy rubbish? Who can say? Lovers of language and achingly beautiful prose as well as those wanting to enrich themselves through learning more about the natural world around and below them will not be disappointed.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • LORETTA LIBBY ATKINS
  • 2019/08/31

A Must

Gorgeous & Terrible, as we are. Of course our own under land, unconscious, was/is informed by the natural world., as we are that. This is both a deep dive into our unconscious and a journey to astonishing places most readers will never see.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • C.Kunz
  • 2019/10/28

WOW! Was not expecting this- so good.

Underland is an amazing listen. The mind pictures created by the author are memorizing and I don't usually like detail laden books. On top of that, his personality and the people he meets are so interesting! I am going to listen to this one again and again.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Desert Reader
  • 2019/08/22

Yet again

Another story of the history and present of the Anthropocene told (this time from below) by a hesitant, but ultimately proud, Anthropocinian who twists and turns through the tale and concludes almost inexplicably and certainly unjustifiably in a place of pride with regard to Homo sapiens.