The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating - Elisabeth Tova Bailey

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

By Elisabeth Tova Bailey

  • Release Date: 2010-08-24
  • Genre: Nature
Score: 4
From 48 Ratings


In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Tova Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her encounter with a Neohelix albolabris—a common woodland snail.

While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater understanding of her own place in the world.

Intrigued by the snail’s molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, offering a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world can illuminate our own human existence, while providing an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.


  • The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

    By rosempiggott
    Oh what a truly WONDERFUL book! I think my favorite book EVER!
  • why

    By ningchocolate
    why would anyone think about writing this book?! it is so booooorimg
  • Enchanting book

    By Elyse Seymour
    Wonderful story about finding an unlikely friend and new passion.
  • Just great!!!!!

    By maa0597
    Beautifully written, Elisabeth describes the movements of the snail and its relation to her. Simply amazing.