The Botany of Desire
Random House, 2001 - 271 Seiten
In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam. Three and a half centuries later, Amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant — thought this time the obsessions revolves around the intoxicating effects of marijuana rather than the visual beauty of the tulip. How could flowers, of all things, become such objects of desire that they can drive men to financial ruin?
In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan argues that the answer lies at the heart of the intimately reciprocal relationship between people and plants. In telling the stories of four familiar plant species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how they evolved to satisfy humankinds's most basic yearnings — and by doing so made themselves indispensable. For, just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants, in the grand co-evolutionary scheme that Pollan evokes so brilliantly, have done well by us. The sweetness of apples, for example, induced the early Americans to spread the species, giving the tree a whole new continent in which to blossom. So who is really domesticating whom?
Weaving fascinating anecdotes and accessible science into gorgeous prose, Pollan takes us on an absorbing journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature.
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It was Price's account that had led me to the spot where Chapman first crossed
the river into Ohio, in a faded, microscopic burg to the south of Steuben- ville
called Brilliant. It had taken me a while to find the landmark mentioned in Price's
The color of a tulip actually consists of two pigments working in concert — a base
color that is always yellow or white and a second, laid-on color called an
anthocyanin; the mix of these two hues determines the unitary color we see. The
ancient times, people all over the world grew or gathered sacred plants (and
fungi) with the power to inspire visions or conduct them on journeys to other
worlds; some of these people, who are sometimes called shamans, returned with
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - JaredOrlando - LibraryThing
I picked up and put down Pollan's Botany of Desire many times. It wasn't because it wasn't filled to the brim with interesting information, or that it was in any way tiresome of boring. The book ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - JBD1 - LibraryThing
Pollan's take on apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes. A good mix of history, reporting, and personal experience as he explores humanity's relationship with plants (using these four to elucidate ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
Beauty Plant The Tulip
Intoxication Plant Marijuana
Control Plant The Potato
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