Elisabeth Tova Bailey

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Summary: 
When a mysterious illness leaves the author bedbound, a well-meaning friend brings her a snail in a pot of wild violets. Thus begins a remarkable relationship, healing caregiving, awakened curiosity, a wealth of scholarship, and the satisfying work of observation and reflection. An enlightening meditation. “Illness isolates; the isolated become invisible; the invisible become forgotten. But the snail… the snail kept my spirit from evaporating. Between the two of us, we were a society all our own….” p. 132

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