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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User Review  - m.belljackson - LibraryThing

Famous Czech author Karel Capek entertains readers with a month-by-month rendering of real life gardening. He totally enjoys getting carried away in his subject, making a case for October actually ... Read full review

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User Review  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

Originally published in Czech in 1929 and published in English in 1931, The Gardener's Year is a collection of droll essays arranged to correspond to months of the year. Capek gently pokes fun at the ... 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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