Monday, April 26, 2010

EO Wilson's first novel

Predictably, about ants.

Excerpt from his new novel, entitled Anthill, published by WW Norton & Co.

In an interview with the New Yorker, Wilson talks about his aims: to recapture his memories of his Alabama childhood, and to write about the natural world as a protagonist in its own right:

At any rate, the main reason, though, was that I wanted to try something I don’t believe any novelist has ever done, and that’s describe the natural world as it actually is, in fine detail—indeed, maybe as it could best be seen by a biologist who’s spent a substantial career studying it in fine detail—but put it as part of the human experience.

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