Book Review: Underland by Robert Macfarlane

Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is truly remarkable–epic in scope, minute in detail, and so densely interwoven between adventure writing, cultural commentary, scientific discovery, mythology, and immediate sensation of place that it really transcends categorization. At heart, Macfarlane is an adventurer, but one who subverts the “physical challenge as personal journey” trope, pursing instead enlightenment on a cosmic level, uniting all of human history and all of earth’s time as perceived through his shamanlike experiences of the world’s beneath-places. The deeper you dig, the closer science and art become related, and Macfarlane takes us all the way down in UNDERLAND.

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