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Anthill: A Novel

by E. O. Wilson
New York: W. W. Norton, 2010. 378 pages.

A semi-autobiographical novel, Anthill combines a coming-of-age story with ruminations on nature from ants to the biosphere as a whole. “Melville gave us whales and obsessions, Orwell gave us pigs and politicians. Now Wilson suggests with winning conviction that in our own colonies, we proceed at our peril when we cast off mindful restraint in favor of unchecked growth. ... carries the reader down the ant-hole to describe life from the ants’ point of view. No writer could do this better, and Wilson’s passion serves him best here. His language achieves poetic transcendence,” wrote Barbara Kingsolver in The New York Times Book Review.