A Book of Fruits and Flowers (Illustrated)
In this striking compilation, Shakespeare historian Gerit Quealy and respected Japanese artist Sumie Hasegawa combine their knowledge and skill in this first and only book that examines every plant that appears in the works of Shakespeare. Botanical Shakespeare opens with a brief look at the Bard's relationship to the plants mentioned in his works-a diversity that illuminates his knowledge of the science of botany, as well as the colloquy, revealing his unmatched skill for creating metaphorical connections and interweaving substantive philosophy.
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At the heart of the book are "portraits" of the over flowers, fruits, grains, grasses, trees, herbs, seeds and vegetables that Shakespeare mentions in his plays and poems. Botanical Shakespeare features a gorgeous color illustration of each, giving a "face" to the name, alongside the specific text in which it appears and the character s who utter the lines in which it is mentioned. This breathtaking, incomparable collection of exquisite artwork and companion quotes offers unique depth and insight into Shakespeare and his timeless work through the unusual perspective of the plants themselves.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 08, Vivienne rated it it was amazing. It is breaking my heart to be returning this beautiful book to the library but I must free it for the pleasure of others. It basically is as the title says. Each plant, flower, leaf etc is accompanied by quotes from Shakespeare citing the character, play and act.
It opens with a short introduction on botanicals and their rise during the Elizabethan era and at the end there is a listing with definitions. Oh one day a copy will be mine!
Seriously it is stunning as well as informative. Jun 21, Miri rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction , want-to-own , female-authors. Everything from the cover to the font to, most obviously, the exquisite illustrations by Sumie Hasegawa Collins. Even if I wasn't interested in the Shakespeare quotes which I am to varying degrees , I want to own this book to look at it all the time.
May 29, Lynn rated it really liked it Recommends it for: anyone who loves gardens and plants; Shakespeare; quotations; flower meanings; English gardens. Shelves: great-art-illustrations , non-fiction , reference. Each plant in this collection was selected from references in Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, is illustrated, and further, includes other names by which this plant was known or referred to in Shakespeare's works, i.
Adonis Flower is also called Fritillary p. The glossary at the end of the book, "Botanicals Defined," is chock full of fascinating information about each plant: what it is; how it was used; and some history, and interpretations. The bibliography and other information is available through the website: www. This collection is one to be read slowly and savored. I am, perhaps, like most people: familiar with Shakespeare's most popular works. I knew, for example, that Midsummer's Night Dream contained many plant references, but " Yet there are dozens of other rose references in as the many different works.
Helen Mirren's foreword is informative and inspiring. I came away with a totally new appreciation and interest in the Bard, and am adding Merry Wives of Windsor to my must read list. Botanical Shakespeare will make a lovely gift for anyone who is interested in horticulture and literature. View 1 comment. Mar 28, Donovan rated it it was ok. I may be the only one here to be underwhelmed by this book, based on the reviews.
Both subjects delight me, the cloth cover is very inviting, a forward by Helen Mirren seemed like a treat too, but is all fell short of expectations. Yes, the illustrations are beautiful, but the print quality was poor- and I'm shocked that no one seems to have noticed that here. As for the quotes- overused, truncated, and irrelevant selections.
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It's a perfect example of quantity of quality. This is, at best, a cof I may be the only one here to be underwhelmed by this book, based on the reviews. This is, at best, a coffee table book that will look impressive if left untouched. May 05, Pearlina rated it it was amazing. When I entered the giveaway for this book I had no idea it would be this gorgeous from cover to cover.
I am still awed I won and to have it in my hands. As a lover of all things botanical and The Bard, why this lovely book is a treasure indeed. I simply LOVE it. Feb 06, Keri rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is gorgeous. The illustrations are amazing, the design is wonderful, the font is perfect.
This book truly is what the title says it is. It is an illustrated compendium of all the botanical things named in Shakespeare's works. But I feel it could have been laid out a little better.
For me the first and last 20 pages of the book are really all that I read. They contained the most information for me.
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The first 20 introduce you to the idea behind the book and the work behind the book. The la This book is gorgeous. The last 20 pages actually go over the plants mentioned. For me this information would have been better situated on the page with the actual illustration of the plant, followed by the quotes from Shakespeare.
All in all it was a bit disjointed. If you don't mind looking at the picture of the plant then reading some Shakespeare quotes completely out of context its a great book. I just wish the little paragraph of information had been put with the illustration so you would get the picture, the info, then the quote of each plant mentioned.
Overall its gorgeous, somewhat informational, and wonderful if you really love Shakespeare. It is a bit disjointed if you are trying to see the plant mentioned, learn about the plant mentioned, and then read the quotes to better understand the usage of the work in Shakespeare's plays. Nov 21, Rabid Reads rated it it was amazing. If you love Shakespeare, this is a great book that highlights some of his most interesting quotes.
If you love flowers, and all things botanical, this is a great book that delves deep into that area. If you are into great art, this is a great book, and if you are drawn to a combination of all of these things, this is the perfect book for you. This is not a sit down and read from cover to cover kind of book, but one that you can pick up, marvel at the beauty and read a few Shakespeare quotes. Simply gorgeous illustrations set this book apart, and the forward by Helen Mirren is a work of art in itself.
A lovely book to keep out at all times to make it readily available to anyone who wants to peer inside, this book is highly recommended for a delightful diversion. Nov 10, Valery rated it it was amazing. Aug 31, Amy Layton rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction , shakespeare. So I love Shakespeare, I love plants, and I love autographed things.
So clearly, I had to have this.
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And oh my god. If you love Shakespeare, buy this.
If you think Shakespeare's cool and you mostly just want something bougie looking to make you look smart, buy this. It's beautiful and wonderfully put together and altogether stunning. Quealy did a fantastic job of finding all of these quotes, and Collins similarly does a fantastic job with her illustrations. It was amazing to see which plants Shakespeare mentioned the most, and which the least. Not only does Quealy include his plays, but his sonnets and longer poems as well.
I can't really get over its beauty. When I have my own place, I dream of having a Shakespeare display and this is going to be one of the centerpieces, for obvious reasons. Stunning, magnificent, beautiful. Review cross-listed here! Dec 04, Cracked Spine rated it it was amazing. Botanical Shakespeare is a book recommended by a friend of mine, and I bought it thinking I would have a passing interest as a Shakespeare fan and would flick through from time to time.
As has been mentioned by other reviewers the quality of the book stands o Botanical Shakespeare is a book recommended by a friend of mine, and I bought it thinking I would have a passing interest as a Shakespeare fan and would flick through from time to time. As has been mentioned by other reviewers the quality of the book stands out a mile, with superior quality paper and cover, and the high standard of illustrations carry off the writing just perfectly. Nov 27, Book Blast rated it it was amazing.
Yes the quality of writing and illustrations is superb, but the paper quality and overall production is really quite exquisite. A great addition to any family bookshelf, and the neighbours were quite engrossed when they popped in earlier too. Nov 17, Novel Addiction rated it it was amazing.