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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 P. To be fair I wrote this book

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Rney 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. And this is why it is inadvisable to take recommendations from Overdrive I guess because I m sure this book would be great for someone but it was a resounding meh for meThe book is part travelogue part philosophical meandering and here s the thing I am always here for travel stories but you have to earn your wittering on about the human psyche and the universal urge and blah blah numinous liminal holy blah You also have to keep the ratio of actual narrative to things you think about when you can t sleep at night pretty high Hunt does not do those things and so this is not the book for me The travel bits were interesting enough but I am going to need to spend a LOT of time reading about spaceships andor banging to take the taste of Hunt s Beliefs About Caves and the Way All Humans Feel About Them away

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Aris descends with an Aboriginal family into a 35000 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 jou. Imagine yourself on an afternoon hike stooping to push aside branches blocking a walk that meandered off the beaten path and upon removing the pile of debris feeling the breath of a world beneath you coming from a small obscure opening in the ground It takes a certain type of person to venture into this openingInteresting and well researched philosophical than I expected Author Will Hunt I discovered is eual parts thrill seeker philosopher and academic The mythology and other pieces of history the author connects to the world wide sites he visits are worth thinking about The author goes deep both literally and figuratively and does a good job of accomplishing a well thought out and structured book about the subject of worlds civilizations creations megacosms REVS autobiography in the farthest folds of NY s subway Descending into underground of Paris Where I expected of a look into unknown subterranean discoveries through the eyes of a thrill seeking explorer I was educated rather than merely thrilled True it is thrilling to think of new discoveries beneath the feet we think are standing on terra firma I was impressed by the information Hunt covers and the many diverse locations he shares More importantly I was humbled by the reminder of the stewardship we have over our earth and that we seem to be drifting away from the sense of respect and appreciation for our planet that generations before us have had especially indigenous peoples The Panel of the Great Black Cow in the Cave at Lascaux Unicorn in the Hall of the Bulls As we move towards what we term scientific we forget other possibilities There are things in heaven and earth Horatio Than are dreamt of in your philosophy Aboriginal Rock Art Citing some mind bending theories Hunt discusses scientists that have supported the possibility of life beginning actually beneath the surface of what was a violently evolving planet The primordial incubation of life in the womb of Mother Earth aligns with the comparative mythology of several indigenous peoples Whether you are Team Core Accretion or Team Disk Instability the fact that these two theories of how our Earth formed are still duking it out adds to an interesting examination of how close what we think we know matches to how much we actually know and how close mythology walks in the shadow of science

10 thoughts on “Underground

  1. says:

    To be fair I wrote this book ;

  2. says:

    Will Hunt spent time in the NY underground the subway tunnels Revs did as well Revs was a graffiti artist who spent many

  3. says:

    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 t

  4. says:

    Imagine yourself on an afternoon hike stooping to push aside branches blocking a walk that meandered off the be

  5. says:

    This was a deeply profound book It was also a love letter from the author to tunnels and caves and all else that lurks under our feet The author is obsessed to put it mildly but thank goodness because it’s only through obsessed people that we learn things The author descends where few have or ever will to report back on what is down there What he finds is strange and beautiful and mysterious What he finds is our histor

  6. says:

    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 da

  7. says:

    And this is why it is inadvisable to take recommendations from Overdrive I guess because I'm sure this book would be great for someone but it was a resounding meh for meThe book is part travelogue part philosophical meandering and here's the thing I am always here for travel stories but you have to earn your wit

  8. says:

    Underground is one of the most poetic breathtaking and ambitious books I have read in a long time Hunt offers a delightful and unexpected journey a fantastic expedition full of discoveries surprising facts and wonderful anecdotes He is a clever and tenacious explorer who places himself as an illuminating guide th

  9. says:

    One of the best works of non fiction I've read in a while Elegantly written meticulously researched Hunt went everywhere for this book So many discoveries to be made about the world's caves catacombs mines sewers and other holes in the ground And it's beautifully illustrated Recommend a hundred times over

  10. says:

    This non fiction work starts off as a personal memoir exploration of the author's preoccupation with subterranean worlds and expands into a much broader investigation which ultimately explores the very roots of human spirituality A uniue and poetic and illuminating read

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