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Lotus Quest

Mark Griffiths


ISBN: 9781845951009
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The lotus is the world's most iconic flower. The Lotus Quest unveils a stunning vision of Japan's feudal era, as Griffiths visits shrines, ruins, gardens and wild landscapes, and meets priests and archaeologists, philosophers and anthropologists, gardeners and botanists, poets and artists, and even dines on the lotus in a Tokyo cafe.
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ISBN: 9781845951009
ANNOTATION:
The lotus is the world's most iconic flower. The Lotus Quest unveils a stunning vision of Japan's feudal era, as Griffiths visits shrines, ruins, gardens and wild landscapes, and meets priests and archaeologists, philosophers and anthropologists, gardeners and botanists, poets and artists, and even dines on the lotus in a Tokyo cafe.

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The lotus is the world's most iconic flower. The Lotus Quest unveils a stunning vision of Japan's feudal era, as Griffiths visits shrines, ruins, gardens and wild landscapes, and meets priests and archaeologists, philosophers and anthropologists, gardeners and botanists, poets and artists, and even dines on the lotus in a Tokyo cafe.

Publisher Description

The lotus is the world's most iconic flower. Galvanised by receiving seeds from a three-thousand-year-old lotus, which flowered without difficulty in an English summer, Mark Griffiths set out to track the path of this sublime plant to its home in the Lotus-Lands of Japan. The Lotus Quest unveils a stunning vision of Japan's feudal era, as Griffiths visits shrines, ruins, gardens and wild landscapes, and meets priests and archaeologists, philosophers and anthropologists, gardeners and botanists, poets and artists, and even dines on the lotus in a Tokyo cafe. Beautifully illustrated, intensely atmospheric and full of suspense, The Lotus Quest shows how the deep crimson of the lotus runs like a tracer dye, tracking the spread, fusion and fission of the world's great civilizations.

Author Biography

Mark Griffiths is one of Britain's leading plant experts. He is editor of The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening, the largest work on horticulture ever published, and the author or editor of numerous other books on gardening and botany. A Fellow of the Linnean Society, he has written regularly for The Times and now contributes to Country Life. He lives in Oxford.

Review

"Beautifully written and full of human drama and suspense" Sunday Telegraph "With masterly precision, Griffiths traces the botanical, cultural, religious and artistic lore of the lotus from Japan to Egypt to India and to the West" The Times "A splendid account" Sunday Times "Full of interesting references" -- Stephen Anderton The Times

Product Details

Author
Mark Griffiths
Year
2010
ISBN-10
184595100X
ISBN-13
9781845951009
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2010-04-01
Media
Book
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Illustrations (some col.)
Pages
352
Subtitle
In Search of the Sacred Flower
Publisher
Vintage Publishing