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From a 1,000-foot-deep sinkhole in Mexico (where a seasoned diver drowned while the author watched in horror) to Wyoming's aptly named Great Crawl of Death, Michael Ray Taylor takes readers to some of the world's deepest and most treacherous caves. And in this thrilling and elegantly written book, he makes it abundantly clear why caving has become an addiction for thousand From a 1,000-foot-deep sinkhole in Mexico (where a seasoned diver drowned while the author watched in horror) to Wyoming's aptly named Great Crawl of Death, Michael Ray Taylor takes readers to some of the world's deepest and most treacherous caves. And in this thrilling and elegantly written book, he makes it abundantly clear why caving has become an addiction for thousands of enthusiasts.Whether he is inching his way through the dreaded Crisco Crack or holding his nose against the potent fragrance of bats in Jamaica's Cockpits, Taylor is the best guide imaginable. He balances astute scientific reportage with humor -- and he conveys the sport's allure so infectiously that anyone who reads Cave Passages will want to strap on a carbide lamp and clamber down after him.


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From a 1,000-foot-deep sinkhole in Mexico (where a seasoned diver drowned while the author watched in horror) to Wyoming's aptly named Great Crawl of Death, Michael Ray Taylor takes readers to some of the world's deepest and most treacherous caves. And in this thrilling and elegantly written book, he makes it abundantly clear why caving has become an addiction for thousand From a 1,000-foot-deep sinkhole in Mexico (where a seasoned diver drowned while the author watched in horror) to Wyoming's aptly named Great Crawl of Death, Michael Ray Taylor takes readers to some of the world's deepest and most treacherous caves. And in this thrilling and elegantly written book, he makes it abundantly clear why caving has become an addiction for thousands of enthusiasts.Whether he is inching his way through the dreaded Crisco Crack or holding his nose against the potent fragrance of bats in Jamaica's Cockpits, Taylor is the best guide imaginable. He balances astute scientific reportage with humor -- and he conveys the sport's allure so infectiously that anyone who reads Cave Passages will want to strap on a carbide lamp and clamber down after him.

30 review for Cave Passages: Roaming the Underground Wilderness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    This is a fantastic book that I read in my senior year of college back in 1997 when I should have been studying for finals. Instrumental in turning me away from the lab-coated world of strict science and toward the science-humanities bridge of creative non-fiction. Worth reading even if you're into caving, though doesn't hurt if you are. Did I mention that this book is great? This is a fantastic book that I read in my senior year of college back in 1997 when I should have been studying for finals. Instrumental in turning me away from the lab-coated world of strict science and toward the science-humanities bridge of creative non-fiction. Worth reading even if you're into caving, though doesn't hurt if you are. Did I mention that this book is great?

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Ward

    Cave Passages: Roaming the Underground Wilderness by Michael Ray Taylor (Scribner 1996) (796.525). A cave diver writing for his own fraternity – in his estimation, they are almost buccaneers – and Guardians of the underground Grail! The whole thing strikes me as too self congratulatory. My rating: 6/10, finished 2/4/10.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dagezi

    Both about being a caver and being a non-fiction writer. The former is usually compelling the latter only intermittently, but the author is generally winning.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    The book " Cave Passages " was overall really good, I learned a lot from this book and would recomend it to lots of people. The book " Cave Passages " was overall really good, I learned a lot from this book and would recomend it to lots of people.

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