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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Academic journal article Science Scope

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

By Elisabeth Tova

Bailey. $18.95. 190 pp. Algonquin.

Chapel Hill, NC.

2010. ISBN: 9781565126060.


Elisabeth Tova Bailey chronicles her observations of a woodland snail in The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. As the result of an infection, Bailey suffers from a painful neurological affliction that permits her only minimal movement. Rolling from side to side is a major achievement. In an effort to brighten Bailey's days, a friend gave her a woodland snail and carefully dug wild violets in a terra cotta pot.

Puzzled about what to do with the snail, Bailey began to watch its minute movements. The snail's adventures were limited to travels in and around the flowerpot and later expanded to a small terrarium. The snail became the perfect companion. As days passed, Elizabeth added water and dried flowers to sustain the snail. The nocturnal creature filled a void and reconnected her to life, providing a glimmer of hope as Bailey observed the smallest changes in its world.

Her observations inspired her to ask questions, which led her to do research. …

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