Very bizarre inclusion of this digression that has no obvious place in the narrative. This novel appears to be a transparent cover of the author's life, or events he would've wanted added to his life. When Raff goes to Harvard, he is amazed at the confrontational behavior of its radical environmentalists, so inimical to Southern culture, just as Dr. This is such a good book to explain effective environmental activism and aspects of sociobiology that I gave it to a bright young ninth grader nephew. I grew up fascinated by ants and kept mason jars of them so I could watch them dig out tunnels, plus I grew up in the south, so I figured I might enjoy Alabamian E. Wilson is a Pulitzer prize-winning author and naturalist. A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, Wilson is known for his career as a scientist, his advocacy for environmentalism, and his secular-humanist ideas pertaining to religious and ethical matters.
He is Pellegrino University Re Edward Osborne Wilson is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, and author. I've heard something like that on the radio. Wilson's Anthill is so labeled. But what of the ants? I felt as if I was there and walking with the main character. While critics unanimously praised Wilson's pioneering scientific work, they had mixed reactions to his debut novel. The beginning describing Raff's childhood in the south was particularly well done.
Boy escapes the tensions of the parental relationship by immersing himself in the Nokobee lake area, silently and patiently studying bugs, plants and animals. Like Wilson, Raph is particularly fascinated by ants. And it turns out, Wilson is, amazingly enough, able to write a perfectly good novel. Her twin brother, Radisene, works in the lowland capital of Maseru, struggling amid political upheaval to find a life for himself away from the hills. Other parts were plodding and clunky. I expected Wilson to write an atypical novel, and he did.
Religious influence has been growing here, where once we were a pretty secular, scientific society, and, in truth, I have spoken to Australian politicians who truly think that the world is there for humans alone and who envisage maybe allowing as little as 5% to survive pan-industrialisation. The cycles of the other species can be destroyed, and the biosphere corrupted. Wilson is an expert on ants, and this section is supposed to be a summary of Raff's first-hand research. The Biophilia Center is an environmental education center that is also run privately by this group. In a vivid monologue, Raff's father tells his son all about his philosophy and code of ethics, and how he expects his son to act. Boy is befriended by a friendly biology professor from Florida State Uni. Mom's brother, the family patriarch, puts boy through college, on the promise he'll attend law school.
I feared that it might be stilted and contrived, since he his primarily a scientist of very seasoned vintage. Edward Osborne Wilson is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, and author. I just took it out of the library again. I could smell the okra cooking, taste the iced tea, feel the heat and humidity. Perhaps he should stick to his specialties: science, ants, and heartfelt pleas to non-scientists to put superstition aside and teach our children science! Ants send their weak and disabled to war. This book is a good place to start. However, after reading the fly leaf, it just seemed that I would enjoy it.
Verdict Though his characters come off as one-dimensional, Wilson excels at describing the pungent smells and tranquil silence of the disappearing wetlands of Alabama. I read it overnight and it is now installed amongst my top ten ever. The third part of the book, Raff's college years and beyond was better than the first part, but some of the situations and coincidences were not entirely believable. Never ever hit a woman. I was disappointed in the lack of action, though I will admit there is some: as a young teenager, Raff encounters a fearsome backwoods hermit; later, as an adult, Raff flees three bad men who mean to shoot and kill him, and is rescued by the same backwoods hermit. This leads to me review in segments.
He also referred to Raff as Raphael Semmes Cody far too many times. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world's preeminent biologists and naturalists. Famed naturalist Wilson, himself a Harvard-educated Alabama native, has won Pulitzers for his nonfiction On Human Nature; The Ants. I was disappointed in this book. Actually, I'd give this 3.
I wanted to like this book, and did for the first handful of chapters. Much of the story of Raff, the young hero of the book, is a little clunky, plodding, and somewhat convenient. She imsply sat on the floor of the royal chamber and quietly died. Some parts were beautifully written thus the 3 stars. Returning home a legal gladiator, Raff grows increasingly alarmed by the rapacious condo developers who are eager to pave and subdivide the wildlands surrounding the Chicobee River.
As well as painting a character with a deep love of a natural place, who values other species as co-travellers in this life, Wilson also canvases some of the political differences and conflicts that come up among environmentalist groups. I borrowed the book and loved it. But, liking the ant part so much, I would like to read some of his other non-fiction. Boy goes first to Florida State and does a science undergrad degree. I'd actually give it 3.