Around The World In 80 Plants by Jonathan Drori
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An enchanting and exquisitely depicted volume that narrates the tales of 80 plants sourced from different regions across the world. In his compelling follow-up to the bestselling masterpiece called Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori embarks on another captivating expedition around the planet, skillfully uncovering the interconnectedness between plants and our own captivating human chronicles, customs, and mythical beliefs. This eloquent exploration spans from the familiar, such as the tomato and dandelion, to the mysterious, including the eerie mandrake and Spanish ‘moss’ that haunts the swamps of Louisiana. Each chapter conceals intriguing revelations: some plants carry a disconcerting history, while others have sparked extraordinary human inventiveness or have served as cornerstones for entire civilizations to prosper. Accompanied by the exquisite illustrations of Lucille Clerc, this botanical odyssey delivers both aesthetic splendor and intellectual brilliance. ‘A profoundly mesmerizing homage to the diverse flora that envelopes us and a gentle prod for transformative action,’ declares The Herald.
‘This captivating and masterfully illustrated book treats its readers to an exhilarating voyage of discovery, unraveling the myriad ingenious and astonishing applications of plants in contemporary science and throughout the annals of history,’ proclaims Kew Magazine.
‘Lucille Clerc’s breathtaking illustrations enhance this enthralling tome that crisscrosses the globe through the prism of remarkable plant life: from nettles in England to mangoes in India and tulips in the Netherlands,’ raves the Daily Mail.
Exploring the World’s Flora: 80 Fascinating Plant Biographies
Welcome to my virtual attic, where I’ll be sharing details about my latest literary creation. My name is Jonathan Drawy, and I’m excited to introduce you to my new article, “Around the World in 80 Plants.” This piece represents a labor of love for me, akin to raising a newborn. With trepidation, I’m preparing to share it with the public, hoping that it will resonate with readers.
“Around the World in 80 Plants” comprises 80 individual plant biographies. Each biography aims to captivate readers by offering unique insights, surprising anecdotes, and a glimpse into the broader world of human existence. These narratives intertwine plant science with captivating human stories, history, culture, etymology, and folklore. With this diverse blend, I hope to pique the interest of readers from different perspectives and provide them with unexpected revelations.
To complement the text, I’ve collaborated with the talented artist, Lucille Clerc, whose illustrations bring the pages to life. While they say not to judge a book by its cover, I believe the artwork in this article is absolutely enchanting. These whimsical and exquisite illustrations truly enhance the reading experience, acting as perfect companions to the text. Together, they create a harmonious fusion of beauty and science.
Just as in my previous work, “Around the World in Eighty Trees,” this article also follows a similar format. Within its pages, you’ll discover the captivating tales of various plant species. For example, the oil palm, known for its environmental impact, also has an intriguing musical story rooted in West Africa. Then there’s the agave, a symbol of fertility for the Aztecs, which holds surprising tales about honey water and the fertility goddess Maya’s 400 breasts.
Additionally, you’ll explore the pineapple, a fruit we often believe we know well. However, during the 18th century, pineapples held a different status in Britain. Rare and challenging to cultivate, they were rented out as fashionable accessories for parties. Guests would carry these exotic fruits in small bags, similar to how people now tote around Chihuahuas. Another intriguing plant is the Spanish moss, which adorns the scenes of “Gone with the Wind” and has a creepy connection to voodoo and hoodoo, brought by enslaved Africans to the southern United States. The world of orchids and carnivorous plants also unveils its dark mysteries, alongside the colonial histories of indigo and amaranth.
Throughout the article, you’ll encounter a mix of familiar plants like clover and barley, which have astonishing narratives to share. You’ll also discover lesser-known gems such as the peacock flower with its captivating story from Barbados. Join me on this remarkable journey as we explore “Around the World in 80 Plants.”