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The Lotus Quest: In Search of the Sacred Flower

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A captivating history of one of the world’s most iconic and mysterious flowers

Bewitched by a lotus which flowered from three-thousandyear- old seeds in his English garden, Mark Griffiths set out to track the origins and significance of this sublime plant in this beautifully-illustrated book. The Lotus Quest takes Griffiths from the headquarters of the Linnaean Society i
ebook, 352 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2009)
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Talbot Hook
There was some very beautiful imagery within this book. The author clearly has a deep appreciation and understanding of aesthetics- specifically those of Japan, which, of the cultures of the world, is the country most associated with attention to beauty and its development.

Praise stated, the historical accounts within this book were bland, and I felt as though the last few chapters were very disjointed from the focus of the author. They related only tangentially to the topic of the sacred lotus,
The books starts off very well, but it failed to keep me from somewhere around the middle. It is usually believed that "a picture is worth a thousand words", but the author seems to not think so. There are lengthy descriptions of lotuses in paintings, monuments etc when a simple figure would suffice (or at least be a good supplement to the text). I felt that the ratio of the knowledge I gained, to the amount I read was very low.

I would have appreciated if the author included at least a few maps
I didn't finish (renewals ran out at the library) but did benefit from this well-written-albeit-a-bit-too-dense-with-detail-for-me tome. The author's careful observations of the lotus or even aspects of the lotus that appear in art from around the world are revelations, and I loved his stories of visiting Linnaeus's original collection housed in a vault under Burlington House in London (who knew?) and of sprouting 3,000 year old lotus seeds in the blinking of an eye!
Maggie Sorgen
This story was brilliantly written, though a bit "text-bookish" so slow to read for me. Following Mark Griffiths journey through present-day Japan interwoven with her ancient history was fascinating. And the lotus! Sprouting 1000 year old seeds speaks volumes of the power and magic of this life-giving plant.
Well written account of the author's investigation into the fascinating (and really long!!) history of the lotus. Seeds can lie dormant and then still germinate and flower after 2000+ years! Amazing!
Very interesting book but does go off the point a bit telling the story of japan's history. But well written and an enjoyable read.
Absolutely wonderful - beautifully, poetically written and full of incredibly interesting and well-told stories.
Jan 10, 2014 Scott marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Well, shoot, nearest copy according to WorldCat is 236 mi. away, at Princeton U.
Brilliant! Wish he would do one on bamboo.
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