The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris a common w

  • Title: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
  • Author: Elisabeth Tova Bailey
  • ISBN: 9781565126060
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris a common woodland snail While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand As a result, she discovers the solace and sensIn a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris a common woodland snail While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater under standing of her own confined place in the world Intrigued by the snail s molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, providing a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal Told with wit and grace, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence and provides an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.

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    1. Elisabeth Tova Bailey

      Elisabeth Tova Bailey s essays and short stories have been published in The Missouri Review, Northwest Review, and the Syca Review She has received several Pushcart Prize nominations and a Notable Essay Listing in Best American Essays She lives in Maine.

    908 thoughts on “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating”

    1. Elisabeth Tova Bailey was 34 when she was struck with a mysterious, flu-like illness while traveling in Switzerland. Upon her return home, the flu symptoms subsided, but her health did not return. She found herself so weak and dizzy she was barely able to sit up, let alone stand or care for herself, and her doctors had no idea why.Bailey's life changed radically at that point, shrinking to a single room almost entirely cut off from the outside world. On impulse, a friend brought her a pot of wil [...]


    2. Solace in a snail. I read this book - and I write this review in honor of Dov Zeller- who shares the same disease as Elizabeth Tova Bailey which often keeps him bedridden. "Slime is the sticky essence of a gastropod's soul, the medium for everything in its life: locomotion, defense, healing, courting, mating, and egg protection. Nearly 1/3at my snails daily energy went into slime production. And rather than making a single batch of "all-purpose" slime, my snail had a species-specific recipe for [...]


    3. Dear, dear gastropod was I to know that you are the epitome of elegance and strength of character?Bailey develops a mysterious illness at the end of a trip to the Swiss Alps. While convalescing on her farm in Maine, she is trying to adjust to the sudden loss of control in her life. Practically incapacitated, and depending on the assistance of a caregiver and irregular visits from friends, she soon succumbs to depression and the monotony of the sick bed. A friend decides to bring nature to her by [...]


    4. I never thought reading a book about a snail could be such a rewarding experience. Who knew so many people had written poems about snails?Who knew that snails have a life and intelligence? I do now. I know a lot about snails that I never knew before. Until this wonderful book came my way, I thought the only good snail was a dead one.Come on, you know you think the same thing! Read this book, it may change your mind.Elisabeth Tova Bailey's story about a garden snail, picked up in the woods one da [...]


    5. Loved loved it.First I have to tell you something about myself. I am known as the snail saviour. I am always telling everybody when they are visiting and tread in my garden, beware of my snails. They are scared when they accidently do step on one because they know I will get my whip out!A few weeks ago I removed most of the snails I could find from my back garden to my front garden, because I knew my dad and brother would not notice if they'd walk on my snails, while they were installing a new f [...]


    6. I allowed myself a long and slow read for this small memoir of one year during a woman's lengthy, 20 year convalescence from an unknown virus. That year was made special by the presence of a snail brought in from the woods outside by a visitor. The author, Elisabeth Tova Bailey, was unable to live in her own home at that time, was feeling alienated from life, her surroundings, and felt isolated. This small creature led her to a year of observation, learning, fostering, and companionship. I learn [...]


    7. The other day I was telling a sick friend about this book and I told her the author has an illness that sounds very much like ours and my friend said, 'no wonder she can hear the snails eating!' Because some people with this illness have chronic migraine symptoms including horrific sound sensitivity (which I sometimes call bionic hearing.)As it turns out, the author does have the same illness as I do. The poorly named Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. As Laura Hillenbrand, author of sea biscuit says, [...]


    8. If you need to slow down.(Don't we all?)If you want to marvel at the little wonders of the natural world.(Slime and tenatacles that taste and love darts, no lie.) If you cherish moments of peace strewn among the madness of a work day.(Five minutes on the metro is enough.)My own brain is chugging along too slowly to properly explain why you should read this tale of a bed-bound woman and her foray into the world of snails. All I know is that every time I picked up this book, it is exactly what I w [...]


    9. Smoothly written, mildly interesting meditation on invalidism. Mysteriously and drastically ill, the author observes the behavior of a snail a friend has left in some flowers by her bedside. Then, I must confess I got bored and did not finish the book, but I think that's just me. This isn't really my kind of book. The friend who gave it to me liked a lot and read it multiple times.


    10. I have often stated that I need to get my larnin’ in disguise; I need to be tricked into it.Because of this, I have a fondness for biology books like Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body and The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher, which do not read like textbooks; in which the author does not talk condescendingly and chapters read like an intriguing story book, with pictures.I’m pretty sure that author:Elisabeth Tova Bailey never intended to [...]


    11. "Humanity is exalted not because we are so far above other living creatures, but because knowing them well elevates the very concept of life."--Edward O. WilsonThis quote is an epigraph to one of the chapters. Oh, how I love the quote and this little gem of a book. I'm thrilled to see it has over 3k reviews and won two awards. It's beautifully packaged with soft pencil drawings reminiscent of the 1970s and telling quotes about snails and nature at the start of each small chapter.The book is a be [...]


    12. I accidentally read this. Downloaded a sample to my Kindle> liked it> bought the book to read later but just wanted to read a few more pages> read it all.This is a quiet, intimate book about a woman and her land snail. The youthful author contracts some unknown and completely debilitating virus while vacationing abroad. This virus changes her body permanently. One day she is brimming with joyeux de vivre and the next day she is bedridden, betrayed by her body and literally without the a [...]


    13. Is it a memoir or a beautiful piece of nature writing? It is both, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about a Neohelix albolabris, the common woodland snail, and encourage you to pick this book up and escape into a world you may never have known to existElisabeth Tova Bailey found herself suffering from a debilitating unknown illness that left her with severe neurological symptoms and virtually bedridden all the time. As her illness progressed, and as she had to move out of her farmhouse and to a [...]


    14. I picked up this book because it seemed to be a quick read (190 pages) while I was waiting for another download for a library book to be available. Wow! What a surprise. Who knew snails could be so facinating? The author is a victim of a strange disease that keeps her bedridden. A friend brought her a pot of violets she had dug up in the woods, and there just happened to be a snail in residence. She becomes fascinated with his movements and motives and begins her research. They are intelligent l [...]


    15. The most soothing book I’ve ever read. It moves at a snail’s pace. Small in size, lyrical in language, precise in observation, delicate in articulation.The author, Elizabeth Tova Bailey, is bedridden due to a mysterious auto-immune disease. A friend bringers her a flowerpot containing a wild violet from the nearby woods, and along with the plant, a snail. Bailey watches the snail and becomes fascinated by its journeys. Up and down the pot to sip the water that collects in the saucer. She fig [...]


    16. When Elisabeth Tova Bailey returns from a vacation with a debilitating disease, she is confined to bedrest. A friend found a woodland snail and a bunch of field violets in the Maine woods to cheer her up. The snail was soon transferred from a flowerpot to a terrarium full of woodland plants, with a shell holding water and mushrooms for food. Bailey found watching the snail to be fascinating and relaxing:"Watching it glide along was a welcome distraction and provided a sort of meditation; my ofte [...]


    17. I really enjoyed this book. It's the story of a woman who becomes extremely ill after a trip overseas, and is "gifted" a snail. As she is confined to her bed she begins to pay attention to what her little snail is up to. What ensues is a fascinating look at a snails life. I will never look at a snail the same way again. Their little lives are designed to perfection, and they can teach us all to slow down a little, and smell the roses (or snails)!


    18. This was a lovely book. I have always had a thing for snails and slugs so when I happened across this title I bought it without looking into what it was. I’m glad I didn’t because if I were to describe it to you it would sound dull. It was not.The author contracts a mysterious, debilitating disease and is prostrate for months on end, needing care from those around her and unable to move from her bed without assistance. She doesn't dwell on her disease or personal circumstances, but you get t [...]


    19. I'm just enthralled, and suggest everyone go to elisabethtovabailey to learn more about the author and this slim volume of pure inspiration. Thanks to Heather Sturm for bringing this to the attention of our book club--I plan to buy my own copy very soon.This observation states my views most clearly:"Like Seabiscuit's Laura Hillenbrand, this author is at the house-bound, often bed-bound extreme of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (brain stem inflammation), a condition similar to Lyme mockingly labeled " [...]


    20. I too have a recurring need for 'downtime', so could already emphasize with the author Elisabeth Tova Bailey I lie on my bed and look at the leaves changing colours, listen to the birds, and read This exquisite, well researched , well written, little book, was just the shotNature lovers will thrill to her close observations.


    21. Uplifting observations make this a comfortable, peaceful read that also conveys some practical life lessons. Very easy, quick little read that I enjoyed.


    22. "Survival often depends on a specific focus: A relationship, a belief, or a hope balanced on the edge of possibility. Or something more ephemeral: the way the sun passes through the hard seemingly impenetrable glass of a window and warms the blanket, or how the wind, invisible but for its wake, is so loud one can hear it through the insulated walls of a house." The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating records a year in the life of author Elisabeth Tova Bailey—a year in which she struggled for her surv [...]


    23. The writing and the premise of this book were great but the execution left a lot to be desired. I sympathized with the author’s horrible debilitating condition and felt the book offered a lot of insight about disability. However, the snail facts felt choppy and disconnected and I wish they had been incorporated into the narrative a bit better. The constant personification of the snail made me feel like the author kind of didn’t understand the animal very well. For instance, constantly feelin [...]


    24. A great book for someone who is chronically ill or wants a unique perspective on what it's like. I really identified with the main character in this book. As someone who is frequently stuck in bed with a chronic illness, I found a lot of not only similar sentiments in the narrator but also inspiring thoughts. I never thought that I would enjoy a book about snails so much, and, to be perfectly honest, I think I took one star off because I got bored with the snail topic after awhile.


    25. Having a favorite animal is very childish, isn't it? When I was a kid I was nicknamed Turtle because of how slow I ran. My dad, who coached me in softball, used to say that I was the only one who could hit it over the fence and still get a triple. I owned that nickname and learned to draw both realistic and cartoon turtles and often received turtle items as gifts. Even my senior year in high school, my first boyfriend made me a metal cast turtle that I still have. There are kids in my second gra [...]


    26. "e snail had emerged from its shell into the alien territory of my room, with no clue as to where it was or how it had arrived; the lack of vegetation and the desertlike surroundings must have seemed strange. The snail and I were both living in altered landscapes not of our choosing; I figured we shared a sense of loss and displacement."Elisabeth Tova Bailey was in her mid-thirties when struck with a mysterious illness that soon led to her complete incapacitation. Without knowing the cause, much [...]


    27. It is an interesting experience to read the words of someone who has been through a horrible sickness, one that spans decades. Those of us with illnesses are the holders of the silent fears of those with good healthThis book is basically about the author's struggle through her illness, which was eased by the company of a snail. It may appear as a normal book about someone just rambling about them being in bed all day but it is exactly the opposite. Through a series of books on snails and the dai [...]


    28. Clear, beautiful, easy to understand nature writing. Gave me a new appreciation of the humble gastropod. A friend brings the bedridden author a pot of violets with a snail under one leaf and the author spends one year studying her miniature companion, observing and reading all she could on her little friend. After the creature is moved to a terrarium with a habitat similar to its woodland home, the author can watch the snail's habits and life cycle. I learned its anatomy, that it cannot hear, ho [...]


    29. What a beautiful little book! I read this as I have a chronic illness too, which the author uses as her theme of how it makes time stand still and makes you notice the little things while you're bedbound, not knowing where the illness will take you next. In her case, the little things was a woodland snail that a friend got for her as company. And the more she's restricted in what she can do each day, the more she watches what the snail gets up to and it's a fascinating study beautifully written [...]


    30. I really wanted to write a full review, but it got erased as I was halfway through typing it. Since my health will not allow me to rewrite it, I will instead simply share a few of my favorite quotes, found below. While all the quotes are about illness (which resonated with me deeply, for obvious reasons), this book is much more about Bailey's observations of the mysterious life and behaviors of an unexpected companion at her bedside: a small snail given to her as a gift. It is a beautifully writ [...]


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