Anthill A Novel by E. O. Wilson

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The two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist delivers “an astonishing literary achievement” (Anthony Gottlieb, The Economist).

Winner of the 2010 Heartland Prize, Anthill follows the thrilling adventures of a modern-day Huck Finn, enthralled with the “strange, beautiful, and elegant” world of his native Nokobee County. But as developers begin to threaten the endangered marshlands around which he lives, the book’s hero decides to take decisive action. Edward O. Wilson—the world’s greatest living biologist—elegantly balances glimpses of science with the gripping saga of a boy determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: man himself.

About E. O. Wilson

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Edward O. Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Social Conquest of Earth and Anthill: A Novel, as well as the Pulitzer Prize–winning On Human Nature and (with Bert Hölldobler) The Ants. For his contributions in science and conservation, he has received more than one hundred awards from around the world. A professor emeritus at Harvard University, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Published March 18, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nobody has done more to reveal the true nature of the “superorganisms” that ant societies comprise than Edward Wilson, a Harvard biologist, campaigning green, two-time Pulitzer prize-winning author, pioneer of sociobiology, and now, at the age of 80, also a debut novelist.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The passage [in the section of the novel titled ‘The Anthill Chronicles'] reads like a cross of Watership Down and The Lord of the Rings and represents Wilson's finest writing in the novel, so much better than the rest that one wonders why he did not write the entire novel as an allegory."

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Chicago Tribune

“Keep in mind that ants not only rule the insect world, but societies like the ones at Nokobee are the most complicated on earth next to humans.” Raff shares his findings in the tour de force at the heart of the novel, a startling saga of ant life titled “The Anthill Chronicles.” The gig is up.

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