Anatomy Of A Rose: Exploring The Secret Life Of Flowers Revised ed. Edition
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- Paperback : 232 pages
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0738206695
- ISBN-13 : 978-0738206691
- Product Dimensions : 4.75 x 0.53 x 7.25 inches
- Publisher : Basic Books; Revised ed. Edition (April 4, 2002)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,780,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There was only one weakness I found to this book, which was the fact that there was usually a disconnect between each chapter. The chapters did not continue like a usual book. It was noticeable that each chapter focused on a different aspect of plant life and plant anatomy. Therefore, there was usually only one main theme discussed in each chapter. However, Russell made up for this by making larger connections in the book overall.
I am currently enrolled in a seed plants course, and I believe I have a basic background of plants. Because of this, I found the information presented in this book to be accurate. Russell had appropriate references, and explained the information in a proper manner. Additionally, I found the illustrations in the book to assist with the anatomical and structural information related to plants. Based on this information, I think this book is applicable to all audiences. If you are a person interested in botany, this will help reaffirm basic structures and concepts of plants. The question is, will this book appeal to members of the general public that do not have a strong background in plants? Russell did an outstanding job of explaining the scientific terms. And, as I mentioned before, this book was not a science textbook. Therefore, I would recommend this book to friends, regardless of whether or not they had a strong background in plant science. Sometimes we take flowering plants for granted. Without these plants, the world would not be as colorful and beautiful. Reading this book will remind you that plants are everywhere, and without plants life would not be possible.
This is simply inaccurate. Bees are around 100 million years old. That's easily googled. I would post a link but Amazon won't let me do so in a review.
So, reading a non-fiction science book filled with mistakes is simply a waste of time.
There was one issue I had with this book. While the chapters flowed into each other naturally, and its explanations of the scientific terms were easily accessible, they sometimes felt a little out of place. One paragraph we are learning about the legends surrounding one exotic species, the next we are learning about the parts of the flower. This transition did hinder the organic flow of the writing a little bit, but the good parts definitely outweigh this negative.
Overall, I would still recommend this book. Its problem was very minor, and Russel wasted no time in bringing the reader back into their seemingly magical world. Anyone could pause in this book and look around at everyday plants with a new lens, seeing all the beauty in the most average-looking plant. This is a great read for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of the green world around us.
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As an introduction to the secret life of flowers, Russell has done a good job. I came to the book having not much knowledge of flowers, apart from the basics taught during my time at school. So, what I liked about ANATOMY OF A ROSE was that it was easily understandable. Russell's writing style is not academic per se, but rather an intimate examination of her subject. In some ways, her style reflects that that you would find in a memoir.
However, whilst this style allows the layperson to easily grasp what she is trying to pass on, at times it can become rather frustrating. I have a love of orchids and Russell often refers to different orchids throughout the book. But instead of being precise about which particular orchid she is referring to, she just vaguely says "one orchid". After this is done repetitively, it does become infuriating. The orchid family is so large, to be so vague just seems so lazy and pointless.
Having said that, what Russell has managed to do is create a book that should help to ignite interest in people to go out and find out more about this fascinating subject. Rusell makes many references to another book, THE ROSE'S KISS, throughout her own work, so this may be the next logical step.