Both theoretically and terrestrially” Robert Moor New York Times bestselling author of On Trails“Underground left me for days wanting to go there down down down into the moisture and the mystery It succeeds as reportage as memoir as historical survey and philosophical reflection Will Hunt is a generous and literate mole man beckoning us always to look lower” Ted Conover author of Newjack“An unusual and intriguing travel book into the world beneath the world we know a vivid illumination of the dark and an effective evocation of its profound mystery” Kirkus Reviews starred review“Underground is for anyone who’s ever peered into a crack in the earth and felt that peculiar blend of unease and curiosity Read this and you will never look at the ground beneath you in the same way again” Steve Rinella author of MeatEater and American Buffalo “Will Hunt explores the subterranean world in all of its historic and psychological grandeur This tour de force just might make you want to pull on a pair of rubber boots and strap on a headlamp to get a peek at the places we've forgotten” Scott Carney New York Times bestselling author of What Doesn’t Kill Us..
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Paris descends with an Aboriginal family into a year old mine in the Australian outback and glimpses a sacred sculpture molded by Paleolithic artists in the depths of a cave in the PyreneesEach adventure is woven with findings in mythology and anthropology natural history and neuroscience literature and philosophy In elegant and graceful prose Hunt cures us of our “surface chauvinism” opening our eyes to the planet’s hidden dimension He reveals how the subterranean landscape gave shape to our most basic beliefs and guided how we think about ourselves as humans At bottom Underground is a meditation on the allure of darkness the power of mystery and our eternal desire to connect with what we cannot seePRAISE FOR UNDERGROUND“A mesmerizingly fascinating tale I could not stop reading this beautifully written book” Michael Finkel author of The Stranger in the Woods“Few books have blown my mind so totally and so often In Will Hunt’s nimble hands excursion becomes inversion and the darkness turns luminous There are echoes of Sebald Calvino and Herzog in his elegant and enigmatic voice but also real warmth and humor An intrepid but far from fearless journey. This little book is amazing as it mixes several aspects of the author s adventures caving all over the world As a young teenager he found a tunnel in his back yard which he explored and became an obsessive adventurer of the underground worldHe started with the world below the streets of NYC which hold many secrets graffiti concealed and disused stations people who are a culture of their own who live in the darkness and much He then moved on to Paris and the famous catacombs that criss cross the metropolisHe expanded his travels and visited caves usually in rural areas all over the world He talked with the indigenous populations and learned of the religious meanings connected to these caves He meditated in the darkness and measured the physicalpsychological changes that occurred as he sat in complete darkness as much as a mile below the surface He found that it was a frightening but enlightening experience as he saw hallucinations and heard voices and musicHis mixture of exploration and the psychological effects of deep caving are fascinating It may be a rather obscure subject but is well worth the read Recommended
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A panoramic investigation of the subterranean landscape from sacred caves and derelict subway stations to nuclear bunkers and ancient underground cities an exploration of the history science architecture and mythology of the worlds beneath our feetWhen Will Hunt was sixteen years old he discovered an abandoned tunnel that ran beneath his house in Providence Rhode Island His first tunnel trips inspired a lifelong fascination with exploring underground worlds from the derelict subway stations and sewers of New York City to sacred caves catacombs tombs bunkers and ancient underground cities in than twenty countries around the world Underground is both a personal exploration of Hunt’s obsession and a panoramic study of how we are all connected to the underground how caves and other dark hollows have frightened and enchanted us through the agesIn a narrative spanning continents and epochs Hunt follows a cast of subterraneaphiles who have dedicated themselves to investigating underground worlds He tracks the origins of life with a team of NASA microbiologists a mile beneath the Black Hills camps out for three days with urban explorers in the catacombs and sewers of. Very cool book about the uniue world of our subterranean landscape Whether it be subway systems mines catacombs underground tunnels etc This is a fascinating world tour penned by an urban explorer who documents the amazing underground world that exists and that we rarely even notice or think about A uick read but a very fun one that I found entertaining and enlightening Definitely pick this one up when it comes out in January of 2019