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A panoramic investigation of the subterranean landscape from sacred caves and derelict subway stations to nuclear bunkers and ancient underground cities an exploration of the history science architecture and mythology of the worlds beneath our feetWhen Will Hunt was sixteen years old he discovered an abandoned tunnel that ran beneath his house in Providence Rhode Island His first tunnel trips inspired a lifelong fascination with exploring underground worlds from the derelict subway stations and sewers of New York City to sacred caves catacombs tombs bunkers and ancient underground cities in than twenty countries around the world Underground is both a personal exploration of Hunt’s obsession and a panoramic study of how we are all connected to the underground how caves and other dark hollows have frightened and enchanted us through the agesIn a narrative spanning continents and epochs Hunt follows a cast of subterraneaphiles who have dedicated themselves to investigating underground worlds He tracks the origins of life with a team of NASA microbiologists a mile beneath the Black Hills camps out for three days with urban explorers in the catacombs and sewers of P To be fair I wrote this book

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Rney both theoretically and terrestrially” Robert Moor New York Times bestselling author of On Trails“Underground left me for days wanting to go there down down down into the moisture and the mystery It succeeds as reportage as memoir as historical survey and philosophical reflection Will Hunt is a generous and literate mole man beckoning us always to look lower” Ted Conover author of Newjack“An unusual and intriguing travel book into the world beneath the world we know a vivid illumination of the dark and an effective evocation of its profound mystery” Kirkus Reviews starred review“Underground is for anyone who’s ever peered into a crack in the earth and felt that peculiar blend of unease and curiosity Read this and you will never look at the ground beneath you in the same way again” Steve Rinella author of MeatEater and American Buffalo “Will Hunt explores the subterranean world in all of its historic and psychological grandeur This tour de force just might make you want to pull on a pair of rubber boots and strap on a headlamp to get a peek at the places we've forgotten” Scott Carney New York Times bestselling author of What Doesn’t Kill One of the best works of non fiction I ve read in a while Elegantly written meticulously researched Hunt went everywhere for this book So many discoveries to be made about the world s caves catacombs mines sewers and other holes in the ground And it s beautifully illustrated Recommend a hundred times over

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Aris descends with an Aboriginal family into a 35000 year old mine in the Australian outback and glimpses a sacred sculpture molded by Paleolithic artists in the depths of a cave in the PyreneesEach adventure is woven with findings in mythology and anthropology natural history and neuroscience literature and philosophy In elegant and graceful prose Hunt cures us of our “surface chauvinism” opening our eyes to the planet’s hidden dimension He reveals how the subterranean landscape gave shape to our most basic beliefs and guided how we think about ourselves as humans At bottom Underground is a meditation on the allure of darkness the power of mystery and our eternal desire to connect with what we cannot seePRAISE FOR UNDERGROUND“A mesmerizingly fascinating tale I could not stop reading this beautifully written book” Michael Finkel author of The Stranger in the Woods“Few books have blown my mind so totally and so often In Will Hunt’s nimble hands excursion becomes inversion and the darkness turns luminous There are echoes of Sebald Calvino and Herzog in his elegant and enigmatic voice but also real warmth and humor An intrepid but far from fearless jou This was a deeply profound book It was also a love letter from the author to tunnels and caves and all else that lurks under our feet The author is obsessed to put it mildly but thank goodness because it s only through obsessed people that we learn things The author descends where few have or ever will to report back on what is down there What he finds is strange and beautiful and mysterious What he finds is our history and our religion What he finds is each of us whether we know it or not For this reason this book will resonate with everyone that reads it This book was structured wonderfully It was a magical cocktail of adventure history mythology art anthropology biology and neuroscience The author tells us of his first descent into the underworld when a kid in Rhode Island It was a moment akin to when eighth grade Bill Gates walked into his classroom to find a computer Both the author and Gates were hooked by it What is going on down there has fascinated me ever since I read of Alice jumping down that rabbit hole Her adventures still resonate with us in part because of the story and the language but also because deep down inside we are all fascinated with the world beneath our feet And the I read this book the I was hooked Though most of us feel like aliens when going underground there is for some a feeling of coming home again Even when that home is like a haunted house with spiders the size of chihuahuas After the author shares his first adventure under his childhood home in Rhode Island he moves on to underground adventures around the worldHis journey underground Paris was fascinating Above ground are all these historic landmarks and below just as fascinating are elegant archways and ornate spiral staircases Rooms underground have things like a sculpture akin to Michelangelo s David gargoyles disco balls In 2004 a movie theater was found adjacent to a bar lounge workshop and a small dining room When the author wrote of camping underground it was hard to imagine how one could sleep under such conditions The author described it like camping on the moon with no sounds just miles of darkness where it s always never o clock When the author wrote of a man from 1818 named John Cleves Symmes who declared his intent to lead a voyage to the interior of the earth to prove that it was hollow and habitable I couldn t help but think of Alice in Wonderland While in the end Symmes was considered a loon who wasted his life chasing fairy tales of underground lands before that he sparked the imagination of many It seems likely it sparked the imagination of the man that sparked the world s imagination the author of Alice in Wonderland There is little doubt that tales from the likes of Jules Verne HG Welles and Frank Baum were sparked from Symmes too When the author ventures into the mines of Australia things got really weird with miners appeasing the lord of the underworld by gifts and sacrifices and making figures to symbolize him It was strange Yet it is also beautiful how the aboriginal people see their ancestors as very much part of their world They honor them in a way that our culture rarely does There were a lot of cool photographs in this book one in particular struck me It s of a hand on a cave it seemed so strangely present The hand mark had been created via red ochre blown over the hand It made me think of the handprints I have hanging above my desk nothing so sacred but from my childhood my tiny hands on a red sheet of construction paper with fake white snow blown over them to leave my handprints redThe book then jumps down the rabbit hole into the lives of burrowers Those that start digging for a logical purpose and end up spending decades digging because something about being down there grabs them And then the author wrote of underground castles and cities It was just fascinating He also wrote of being lost and how that puts everything into uestion including ones very nature How being lost is a meditation you get up from and the world looks completely different That is enlightenment It also explains a lot of rituals which include being lost as part of transitioning into something or someone else I really liked mention of the graffiti artist who took than 200 pages of his journal or parts of those pages and painted them all over or rather under the city It spoke of ancient times as well as modern times In reality he hid them where hardly anyone will ever see them except those who are willing to venture into hidden away places It was very punk rock The author then goes to look at ancient cave paintings The entire chapter on underground art was seriously fascinating In the next chapter he wrote of the Jacues Cousteau of the underworld Someone that lives in caves or underground for a time to test his reactions The author then tried his own 24 hour experiment in darkness in a cave Alongside this he wrote of our first studies of sensory depravation Fascinating read all the way around For the last chapter the author ventured to ancient Mayan grounds It was fascinating to read about the Mayan s making sacrifices in caves before they perished I know I keep using the word fascinating but the whole book seriously was just that In the end the author makes the point that we as a people are obsessed with illumination so much so we almost treat the unknown as criminal When in truth being lost in the dark is the only way we ever find ourselves We so often forget there is beauty in what we cannot see or say

10 thoughts on “Underground

  1. says:

    To be fair I wrote this book ;

  2. says:

    Will Hunt spent time in the NY underground the subway tunnels Revs did as well Revs was a graffiti artist who spent many years using

  3. says:

    Very cool book about the uniue world of our subterranean landscape Whether it be subway systems mines catacombs underground tunnels etc This is a fascinating world tour penned by an urban explorer who documents the amazing underground world that exists and that we rarely even notice or think about A uick read but a very fun one that I found entertaining and enlightening Definitely pick this one up when it come

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    Imagine yourself on an afternoon hike stooping to push aside branches blocking a walk that meandered off the beaten path and upon removing the pile of debris feeling the breath of a world beneath you coming from a small obscure opening in the ground It takes a certain type of person to venture into this opening

  5. says:

    This was a deeply profound book It was also a love letter from the author to tunnels and caves and all else that lurks under our feet The author is obsessed to put it mildly but thank goodness because it’s only through obsessed people that we learn things The author descends where few have or ever will to report back on what is do

  6. says:

    This little book is amazing as it mixes several aspects of the author's adventures caving all over the world As a young teenager he found a tunnel in his back yard which he explored and became an obsessive adventurer of the

  7. says:

    And this is why it is inadvisable to take recommendations from Overdrive I guess because I'm sure this book would be great for someone but it was a resounding meh for meThe book is part travelogue part philosophical meandering and here's the thing I am always here for travel stories but you have to earn your wittering on about the human psyche and the universal urge and blah blah numinous liminal holy blah You also have to keep the ratio

  8. says:

    Underground is one of the most poetic breathtaking and ambitious books I have read in a long time Hunt offers a delightful and unexpected journey a fantastic expedition full of discoveries surprising facts and wonderful anecdotes He is a clever and tenacious explorer who places himself as an illuminating guide through the most secretive and curious places in a world I never suspected could exist It is a boundary breaking tale se

  9. says:

    One of the best works of non fiction I've read in a while Elegantly written meticulously researched Hunt went everywhere for this book So many discoveries to be made about the world's caves catacombs mines sewers and other holes in the ground And it's beautifully illustrated Recommend a hundred times over

  10. says:

    This non fiction work starts off as a personal memoir exploration of the author's preoccupation with subterranean worlds and expands into a much broader investigation which ultimately explores the very roots of hu