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The Botany of Desire

De : Michael Pollan
Lu par : Michael Pollan
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    Description

    The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America

    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—though 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.

    ©2001 Michael Pollan (P)2022 Random House Audio

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    "I find this book to be inspirational—curiosity and gentleness of spirit forming genius."—Richard Ford

    "Michael Pollan is a sensualist and a wonderful, funny storyteller. He is so engaging that his profound environmental messages are effortlessly communicated. He makes you fall in love with Nature."—Alice Waters

    “This book is as crisp as an October apple, as juicy as an August tomato, as long-awaited as the first flower of spring,. Michael Pollan has conceived a new and powerful understanding of who we are, and how we stand in relation to everything else—and the stories he tells to prove the point make the world seem a richer place.”—Bill McKibben, author of Long Distance and The End of Nature

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    • Questionauthrty
    • 23/10/2022

    jam packed with great knowledge

    loved it from start to finish. Michael Pollan's passion shines through brightly. and he has a wonderful speaking voice that is a joy to listen too.

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    • Jason
    • 03/02/2023

    The start of something great

    Having already read How to Change Your Mind, This is Your Mind on Plants, and A Place of My Own, it was nice to delve deeper into Michael Pollan's enlightened view of the world. To top it off, he has a great voice which adds to the entertaining and educational nature of these treatises.

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    • Bob M
    • 02/02/2023

    evocative, interesting, perfectly posed...

    evocative, interesting, perfectly posed... this inquiry into the complex relationship between humans and plants is captivating and thought provoking. mind grown.

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    • Lloyd halpern
    • 16/01/2023

    Great book

    Awesome book which opens your eyes to the dance of man snd nature as we try to control nature for our desire.

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    • MissSuzy
    • 24/12/2022

    Apples, Tulips, Pot, and Potatos, oh my!

    Excellent natural history and agricultural history of some important crops and their effects on humanity. Paired with Michael Pollens conversational tone, anecdotes of from own gardening experiences this is an audio book worth listening to with great insight, relevant research, and humor.

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    • Bruce Jugan
    • 12/12/2022

    Fantastic read!

    Much like reading has been forever changed by listening to an audiobook where the sound of the words are the narrator’s, in this case the author Michael Pollan, rather than the sound of one’s own voice in your mind when physically reading a book; plants and our food have forever changed from grafts, cloning and genetic engineering. Neither the book, the plant or the person will be the same. Read this book. You’ll be thankful that you did.

    Pollan is a fantastic storyteller with a gift for astute observation, as when he describes a midwestern farmer’s “lined” face.., what a vivid image!

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    • STEVE
    • 11/12/2022

    Another fascinating read

    Another fascinating book by Pollan. Transforming what could be a dry and overly specific subject-matter (a chapter dedicated to potatoes) into fascinating, poetic, entertaining content. He also is a terrific narrator. I intend to read all of his books.

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    • Amanda Carmichael
    • 29/11/2022

    Hard to define why I don’t like this book

    I really wanted to like this book! I’m not sure if its the narrator, the pace of the “story” or the flimsy use of “facts” but I keep turning it off, irritated. I think the premise of the book outline in the introduction is interesting but unfortunately that’s the last intriguing thing I’ve found. It might be that I already knew too much about apples, so I skipped the end of that chapter. But I know almost nothing about tulips and still can’t bear to listen. It could be the chirpy tone of the narrator recounting his charming childhood…I don’t know. I’m sure this book has an audience but it seems it is not me.

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    • Jared
    • 12/11/2022

    One of my favorite selections on Audible.

    The author does such a wonderful job reading his own book, I can’t recommend this book, and this specific production enough.