The Gardener's Year

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Bloomsbury Academic, May 1, 2005 - Gardening - 201 pages
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It is seldom that a practical guide to gardening attains the level of a literary masterpiece, still more seldom that a book on gardening can amuse and instruct even those who have no garden to plant., nor the faintest interest in acquiring one. The Gardener's Year is a charismatic product of Karel Capek's genius: amusing, informative, and full of a quizzical interest in people, animals and plants.

In this new version, Geoffrey Newsome -the highly acclaimed translator of Capek's witty Letters from England -has captured the grace and irony of the original Czech, to produce a volume that will be treasured equally by those who love gardening as a relaxation, by those who loathe it as a chore, and by those who have no interest in it whatsoever.

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Review: The Gardener's Year

User Review  - Rick Elinson - Goodreads

In this 1929 book by a Czech author, Capek captures the spirit of a gardener. That is a measure of the timeless pleasures that gardening generates. Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Pierce - Goodreads

Where to start on this one.. If you are not a gardener this won't inspire, and if you garden or not it won't improve your skill. If, however, the love of gardens is deep in your heart, if you are one ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Karel Capek was a Czech novelist and playwright of international and enduring fame. Among his other works are The Life of Insects, Hordubal, and Nine Fairy Tales.

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