The Soul Of The White Ant
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The Soul Of The White Ant

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THE SOUL OF THE WHITE ANT by Eugène Marais is a passionate, insightful account into the world of termites. It is a meticulously researched expose of their complex, highly structured community life. Originally translated into English in 1937, the quality of research remains as relevant today as it was when it was first published. This illuminating account will not only appe...more
Published September 24th 1970 (first published 1925)
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Ned Rifle
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This is a wonderful book on termites, though I have yet to compare it with other books on termites. Marais clearly has a love for these creatures (or creature, as we shall talk about) and describes their behaviour diligently and with humour from the first flight of the queen and king to the soldiers. The major contention of this work is that a termitary is essentially a single organism compos...more
Mish Middelmann
First published in 1925, this book is an extraordinary mix of careful scientific observation, brave and insightful hypothesis, and polemical rave. Eugene Marais was himself an extraordinary man who spent many years in the early 1900s combining professional work as a advocate with painstaking observation of animal behaviour including termites, baboons and snakes. He was also addicted to morphine for most of his life. Growing up in South Africa I've known about his writing for a long time but only...more
David
The best book I ever read about termites, hands down! Naturalist Eugene Marais's study of the termite offers fascinating insights into their world, and life itself. I'll never look at a termite's nest again the same way.
Janessa Lantz
This book reaffirms a preexisting belief that I have - if you invest enough time into something, it becomes rich with meaning. It's almost inevitable. Eugene Marais spent 10 years studying termites. His research is thorough and thoughtful, possessing a deep respect for this insect. His enchantment with the termitary is so complete that you can't help but be infected by his writing.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves their work with abandon, or has an insatiable curiosity about the wo...more
Michal
I have never been a fan of sciene or biology books but on a recent trip to africa a friend recommended i pick this one up. It's very well known in africa but has received almost no attention here. Eugene Marais devoted his life to studying termites on the African plains and was one of the first to classify the entire termite mound as one single organism. Because he wrote in Afrikaans his work was not widely known and eventually a Belgian author republished Marais' findings as his own -- eventual...more
Kallie
How we humans underestimate the intelligence of creatures so radically different from ourselves as ants appear to be! Yet there are parallels because ants too are social creatures. Looked at with true objectivity, are we really 'God's chosen'? Reading this book encourages as many questions as it answers.
Marilyn Dahl
"The periodic organic condition, which should rouse the sexual sense, has become an absolutely useless, degenerate, pathological manifestation."
Kobe Bryant
He wasn't even a real scientist, just some guy who spent years messing around with termites.
Sean de la Rosa
Surprisingly good read. Amazing facts about termites.
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Marais ('mah-REH', silent s) was the thirteenth and last child of his parents, Jan Christiaan Nielen Marais and Catharina. He attended school in Pretoria, Boshof and Paarl and much of his early education was in English, as were his earliest poems.

After leaving school he worked as a legal clerk and later as a journalist before becoming owner (at the age of twenty) of a newspaper called Land en Vol...more
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