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Snail

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by Peter Williams
     
 

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A thoughtful, considered history of the snail, which shows it to be a much-maligned creature deserving of respect, rather than repugnance and hostility.

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A thoughtful, considered history of the snail, which shows it to be a much-maligned creature deserving of respect, rather than repugnance and hostility.

Editorial Reviews

Guardian (UK) - Steven Poole

"From the use of marine-snail shells in antiquity and the discovery of the snail's suprisingly complex anatomy in 18th-century dissections, to the symbolism of monopods in painting and literature (they stand, or rather slime, for slowness as a "way of life"), this book exerts a hypnotic fascination."

Guardian

"From the use of marine-snail shells in antiquity and the discovery of the snail's suprisingly complex anatomy in 18th-century dissections, to the symbolism of monopods in painting and literature (they stand, or rather slime, for slowness as a "way of life"), this book exerts a hypnotic fascination."--Steven Poole, Guardian (UK)

Independent

"An enjoyable PR job for the mollusc."–Independent (UK)

BBC Wildlife Magazine
“In Peter Williams’s Snail, we discover that human-mollusk interactions go far further back than allotments—all the way to some of the earliest forms of money and adornment. Admirably the book also forced me to reconsider my vigorous prejudice against the slimy, seedling-munching beasts. In fact, the opening paragraph is so striking that it alone won me over.” —BBC Wildlife Magazine

International Zoo News
 “Snails seem an unpromising subject for a book; yet Peter Williams presents these much-maligned creatures in a sympathetic light. Many of his illustrations bear witness to the beauty of their shells, and the evolution, growth and geometry of these structures makes a fascinating story.” —International Zoo News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861897121
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Series:
Animal
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
14 MB
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Meet the Author

Peter Williams is a doctor based in Oxford, England.

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Snail 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love snails,love this book! :) :) :)