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'A mesmerizingly fascinating tale, one astonishing adventure after
another. I could not stop reading this beautifully written book.'
Michael Finkel, author of The Stranger in the Woods 'A unique
history of a culturally and scientifically important netherworld
most people barely know exists.' Booklist 'An unusual and
intriguing travel book ... A vivid illumination of the dark and an
effective evocation of its profound mystery.'Kirkus (starred
review) When 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 more 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 ages. In 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 Paris, descends with an
Aboriginal family into a 35,000-year-old mine in the Australian
outback, and glimpses a sacred sculpture moulded by Paleolithic
artists in the depths of a cave in the Pyrenees. Each adventure is
woven with findings in mythology and anthropology, natural history
and neuroscience, literature and philosophy - this is a graceful
meditation on the allure of darkness, the power of mystery, and our
eternal desire to connect with what we cannot see.
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