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An Amazing Read

Occasionally I come across a book that I would love the whole world to know about, and The Immense World by Ed Yong is one of them. How different animals sense the world has always been of interest to me, and I thought I had a fairly broad understanding of this subject until I opened this book.

Yong explores how different animals experience the world through their varying perceptions of smells, tastes, light, color, pain, heat, vibrations, sounds, and electric and magnetic fields. Each page contains information that will have you looking at our fellow inhabitants with a sense of wonder and awe. As Jeff Vandermeer (author of Authority) wrote: “A powerful and immersive deep dive into the perceptual lives of other organisms – and a persuasive case for more empathy and understanding of the complexity, sophistication, and sheer riotous joy of the nonhuman world – it’s an instant classic.”

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8 responses

  1. Janet Crystal

    I recently read this book and it is truly amazing. Yong’s writing is mesmerizing and fascinating. He writes so that you can understand the most complicated issues without having to be an expert. I encourage anyone to read this book. I also read “I Contain Multitudes” which is a book about microbes. And it is truly fascinating reading. You’ll walk away respecting and understanding microbes in ways you never thought possible.

    March 6, 2023 at 8:50 am

    • So glad you also enjoyed this book. Wonderful review!

      March 6, 2023 at 9:43 am

  2. Dede & Ken Heath

    Gllad to know about Ed Yong’s Immense World! Thank you, Mary Holland.

    March 6, 2023 at 8:53 am


    mary.  you are correct.   this is an amazing work.  good you are informing people about it.    cjb

    March 6, 2023 at 9:07 am

  4. Agreed. A wonderful and illuminating book.

    March 6, 2023 at 9:15 am

  5. Susan Capparelle

    Hi Mary, I saw this guy interviewed online and he was brilliant. Thanks for the book recommendation I would love to read this.

    March 6, 2023 at 9:45 am

  6. Alice

    Thank you, Mary! Ordered 2…one for my son…the photos must be superb and it will be immensely interesting.

    March 6, 2023 at 11:32 am

  7. Thanks for the recommendation…I ‘ve ordered it from the library.

    March 6, 2023 at 1:12 pm

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