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Love in the Garden

Otte, Jean-Pierre; Black, Moishe; Green, Maria

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ISBN 10: 080761467X / ISBN 13: 9780807614679
Published by George Braziller, Inc., New York, 2000
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2000 As New Book, As New Unclipped jacket, Stated First Edition, 122 clean tight unmarked pages, book has full light brown cloth covered boards with embossed green lettering on the spine, jacket has a color illustrated front with white lettering. Bookseller Inventory # 004372

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Title: Love in the Garden

Publisher: George Braziller, Inc., New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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A garden is a peaceful, beautiful sanctuary, but beneath its serene appearance is a seething hive of sex, violence, and treachery--among its flowers and insects, that is. Based on years of voyeuristic observation, Love in the Garden reveals intricate, humorous, and often horrifying intimate details about the frenzied sexual lives of garden flowers and insects. Written with a poetic fancy and with wit, and from a shamelessly anthropomorphic viewpoint, Love in the Garden delights in the ingenuity and variety of the sexual tactics of insects and flowers. The bee orchid, for instance, attracts male bees by duplicating the scent emitted by female bees during mating season. A gullible male arrives and searches excitedly for the non-existent female opening. Then, a second male arrives, mistakes the first male for a female, and, as they wrestle and wiggle furiously, the bee orchid is pollinated. In the realm of insects, sex is often accompanied with violence and in some cases, even cannibalism. Take the notorious female praying mantis: in the midst of the sexual act, she beheads her enraptured male partner, who carries on though headless, while she devours him bite by bite. Love in the Garden does not aim to enrich the scientific knowledge of its reader. Instead, it hopes to involve the reader, through sexuality and all forms of sensation, in the turbulence of life.

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Jean-Pierre Otte is the author of several novels, collections of short stories, and works of non-fiction. He is also an active lecturer in France and Spain. Most recently, he has begun a massive, four-volume compilation of creation myths from around the world. Otte lives in the southwest of France.

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