Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

The writer found herself, in her mid-30s, stricken with a very mysterious illness that left her in bed, lacking the energy to even get up. A friend brought her a violet plant with a snail, and the snail became a pet. He got his own terrarium, and the writer spent lots of time observing, listening, and befriending the snail. She researched snails and came to appreciate the snail's world.

A short, little book, but it's lovely. I read it slowly, and it made good bedtime reading. It might make you appreciate the little things in life more.


Notorious MLE said...

This is on my to-read list too. I'll check it out.

Emily Gee-Clark said...

I am about to start this, but is it going to make me feel bad about salting all the snails in my vegetable garden?

Elaine said...

Yes, it will make you feel bad for salting the snails! It will make you want to keep them as pets!