I’m reading a wonderful book: Anthill: A Novel, by E.O. Wilson. Join me!
Edward O. Wilson, a Pulitzer-prize winning author of 22 non-fiction books, has written a wonderful first novel. Anthill tells the story of three parallel worlds: the smallest is the world of ants, then there is the world of humans, and last, “thousands of times greater in space and time…the biosphere, the totality of all life, plastered like a membrane over all of earth.” (from the Prologue).
Wilson, a naturalist and ant expert, has become increasingly concerned about the declining health of planet Earth. He has written deeply on topics of conservancy, including in 2006, The Creation—An Appeal to Save Life on Earth.
Anthill tells the inspirational story of a boy who grows up determined to save earth from her most fierce predator: man himself. The novel follows the boy as he grows up, first witnessing through a child’s eyes the creation and destruction of four amazing anthills, and then later, his life as a legal gladiator in a fight to preserve the wilderness he loves. It is a parable for our times, and can teach us all important lessons about survival in a world that we must learn to treat with more care.