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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World (original: 2001; edição: 2007)

de Michael Pollan (Autor)

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Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In "The botany of desire", Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires: sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulop, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind's most basic yearnings. And just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants have also benefited at least as much from their association with us. So who is really domesticating whom?… (mais)
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Título:The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
Autores:Michael Pollan (Autor)
Informação:Audio Evolution, distributed by Gildan/Hachette (2007), Edition: Unabridged
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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World de Michael Pollan (2001)

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Interesting stories about four plants that have played a significant role in human society: the apple, the potato, the tulip, and marijuana. Pollan discusses a significant time in the history of the domestication of the plant and also how and why human desires affected our relationship with the plant. ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
Adult nonfiction. I like Michael Pollan, but his books take so long to read. Interesting, if you can sit through it all. I think I'd prefer to just watch the PBS special based on this book. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Libro affascinante che mescola notizie botaniche, storiche, ed esperienze personali dell'autore su tre piante che si sono coevolute insieme al genere umano: il tulipano, la patata e la cannabis.
Il filo conduttore del libro è se siamo stati noi umani a selezionare le piante da addomesticare o se, al contrario, sono state le piante che, scegliendo come strategia evolutiva il soddisfacimento dei desideri umani, si sono assicurate la collaborazione del più attivo propagatore di semi di tutto il pianeta. ( )
  Kua | Jun 22, 2021 |
This is my foray into Michael Pollan. The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore's Dilemma have been sitting on my shelves for about two years now, but it often takes me some time to read non-fiction. However, hearing him on NPR last week gave me the push to finally read what he has to say. I enjoyed The Botany of Desire overall, its mission to glean a little insight on how four plants--the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato--have shaped human existence. I certainly have a deeper appreciation and awareness of a plant's history.

TBoD got off to a rip-roaring enough start--I loved the first section's use of the Johnny Appleseed story to frame the apple's legacy. Yet as the book went on, I found my mind wandering which generally isn't such a good sign while reading a book. I was never fully convinced why he chose the tulip for beauty over the rose. Certainly, I learned so much more about the tulip than I ever have before, but it still seemed out of place among the book's other plant choices. I also found myself (and Pollan) losing focus (how appropriate, yes?) during the marijuana section...perhaps if I was still big on smoking pot, I might have appreciated it more. I found the last section on the potato and its discussion of genetic engineering pretty interesting, though, and was thankful to have the book end on a favorable note (in its standing with me).

The sign that this was a good book for me is that it encourages me to make more informed choices about plant usage in my life. I will definitely be trying to avoid any non-organic potatoes from here on out, I would love to plant an apple tree whenever I get a yard of my own, and my interest in creating my own apothecary has been rekindled. It looks like The Omnivore's Dilemma will be a bit smoother of a read judging from others' reviews, but The Botany of Desire was a good introduction to Pollan's favorite subject. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
I was going to give this 5 stars, but the marijuana chapter brought it down for me. I felt that chapter was a tad long-winded (no pun intended), becoming somewhat repetitive.

As always happens when I read a Michael Pollan book, I think of the parts of my life that can be changed. By the end of the last chapter (the potato chapter), I was envisioning the garden I want to plant this year, and it became about 10 times larger in my head than I really have time or energy for this year. but, the farmer's market will be doing well by us this summer.

If this book can get you thinking about our relationship with the natural world, I think it is a read well spent. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
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In other words, human desire shapes the plants that then shape human desire. In displaying for us, in his graceful and literate way, the intricacies of the mechanisms involved, Mr. Pollan shines a light on our own nature as well as on our implication in the natural world.
 
It's an absorbing subject, and Pollan, like his hero, brings a clutch of quirky talents to the task of exploring it. He has a wide-ranging intellect, an eager grasp of evolutionary biology and a subversive streak that helps him root out some wonderfully counterintuitive points. His prose both shimmers and snaps, and he has a knack for finding perfect quotes in the oddest places (George Eliot is somehow made to speak for the sense-attenuating value of a good high). Best of all, Pollan really loves plants.
 

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Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In "The botany of desire", Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires: sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulop, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind's most basic yearnings. And just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants have also benefited at least as much from their association with us. So who is really domesticating whom?

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