Monday, March 28, 2011

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

This book was recommended to me by several of my book club members.  It's not the usual kind of book I'd pick, but one of the reasons why I joined the book club in the first place was to expand my reading horizons. 

In this book, the author, due to serious illness, becomes bed bound.  A friend brings her some violets from the forest and puts a snail from the forest in the pot.  The author grows fascinated with the snail.  The slow pace makes the snail perfect pet.  In some ways, the book is interesting and beautiful, in others it is depressing and scary.  I'm a busy, active mom, the thought of an illness coming on suddenly that could cause me to be bed bound for the next several years is completely frightening.  There are a lot of snail facts here, but the author's obvious love for her subject makes the facts mostly, readable and interesting.  A sweet, little book.

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