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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS news' started by Kalliope, Sep 26, 2020.

  1. Kalliope

    Kalliope Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    I figured this book deserved its own thread even though it's a few years old.

    It's a wonderful memoir by Elisabeth Tova Bailey from when she was bedridden with ME and starts researching snails when a friend brings here one from outdoors.

    From the presentation of the book on its website

    While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches as the snail takes up residence on her nightstand. Intrigued by its molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making ability, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer. 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.

    I just discovered that a 15 minute film has been made based on the book. The film is written and directed by Elisabeth Tova Bailey and has its own website with a trailer and an overview of screenings. Hope it soon will be available to buy/rent/see from home!

    There's also a quite recent interview from March by NPR called Lessons in Being Alone, From a Woodland Snail.

    Many people are staying home these days, and Elisabeth Tova Bailey is no stranger to that experience.

    For years, she was bedridden from a post-infectious autoimmune disorder. Unable to get out of bed or sit up, a visiting friend brought her a snail. And with the snail's entry into her life, she found companionship and solace. Elisabeth spent the following year observing the snail and it was the inspiration for her memoir, "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating."

    Bailey talks to Short Wave reporter Emily Kwong about the joys of snails and what lessons we can take from one of the slowest creatures on earth.
  2. Tia

    Tia Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Ooo, I'm in the middle of listening to the audio book of this! :):):)

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