Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness

Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness

Nathanael Johnson


It begun with Nathanael Johnson’s choice to educate his daughter the identify of each tree they handed on their stroll to day care in San Francisco. This undertaking changed into a quest to find the secrets and techniques of the neighborhood’s wildlife, and yielded greater than names and minutiae: Johnson built a courting together with his nonhuman neighbors.

Johnson argues that studying to determine the area afresh, like a baby, shifts the way in which we predict approximately nature: rather than anything far-off and summary, nature turns into real―all right away comical, stressful, and gorgeous. This shift can upload super price to our lives, and it will possibly simply be step one in saving the world.

No subject the place we live―city, nation, oceanside, ormountains―there are wonders that we stroll prior each day. Unseen City widens the pinhole of our standpoint by way of permitting us to view the realm from the high-altitude eyes of a turkey vulture and the quite low-altitude eyes of a snail. The narrative permits us to snoop on the comically frenetic lifetime of a squirrel and peer deep into the prior with a ginkgo biloba tree. each one of those organisms has whatever certain to inform us approximately our neighborhoods and, bankruptcy via bankruptcy, Unseen City takes us on a trip that's half nature lesson and half love letter to the world’s city jungles. With the perfect point of view, a stroll to the subway will be each piece as entrancing as a stroll via a countrywide park.

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