Anthill is a Southern tale that somehow incorporates a political analysis on environmental preservation, species extinction, and corrupt land developers into a coming-of-age novel. Midway through the book, the reader gets an extensive look at the explosive rise and dismal fall of several ant colonies in the Lake Nokobee forest in Alabama. Wilson has the amazing ability to explain ant colony life as though it's the most fascinating thing you could ever wish to read. Culture, purpose, war, and a dramatic arc fit for Greek tragedy — it's all there. To say that Anthill is an exciting and "human" dissertation on ant life makes it sound much, much less thrilling than it actually is. The story of Raff Cody and his lifelong love of nature is sweet, beautiful, frightening, and enlightening. Don't try to understand the seemingly insane charms of this book — just read it! Recommended By Dianah H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the 2010 Heartland Prize, follows the thrilling adventures of a modern-day Huck Finn, enthralled with the "strange, beautiful, and elegant" world of his native Nokobee County. But as developers begin to threaten the endangered marshlands around which he lives, the book's hero decides to take decisive action. Edward O. Wilson--the world's greatest living biologist--elegantly balances glimpses of science with the gripping saga of a boy determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: man himself.
The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist delivers "an astonishing literary achievement" (Anthony Gottlieb, ).
"Thick with the spell of nature, is a powerful tale of ant empires and a boy determined to save them."--Diane Ackerman, author of "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, "There's a new Darwin. His name is Edward O. Wilson."--Tom Wolfe
About the Author
Regarded as one of the world's preeminent biologists and naturalists, Edward O. Wilson grew up in south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, where he spent his boyhood exploring the region's forests and swamps, collecting snakes, butterflies, and ants--the latter to become his lifelong specialty. The author of more than twenty books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Ants and The Naturalist, as well as his first novel Anthill, Wilson, a professor at Harvard, makes his home in Lexington, Massachusetts.