The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating (Large Print / Hardcover, Large Print)

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Felled by a mysterious debilitating illness, the naturalist Elizabeth Tova Bailey can not even raise her head.  She only has enough strength to observe the activity of a wild snail placed on her bedside table by a loving carer.  Watching the deliberate slow activity of her resilient terrestrial companion becomes both her meditation and her life source as her world narrows to the universe of illness. Written over the course of her recovery, this profound and lyrical book is as delicate and beautiful as a Faberge egg.

— Cheryl


While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater understanding of her own confined place in the world. Intrigued by the snail's anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, providing an engaging look into the curious life of this small animal.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781611730203
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Center Point
Publication Date: April 1st, 2011