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The passionate observer :writings from the world of natureby Jean Henri Fabre
Synopses & Reviews
A classic of nature writing, long out of print, is paired here with jewel-like illustrations for a beautiful gift edition, The Passionate Observer. Renowned 19th-century entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre's witty and amusing collected writings about bugs, bees, and other creatures were published to instant success in France in 1879 as Souvenirs Entomologiques. Now selections from his clever musings are joined with the intricate, radiant paintings of Marlene McLoughlin into a single ode to the creatures and the countryside of the South of France. Whether celebrating the lacy texture of a dragonfly's wings, the pale delicacy of a hummingbird's egg, or the effect of afternoon light on the Provencal landscape, these two passionate observers recreate a vivid and marvelous world, making this exquisite book a wonderful way for new generations to experience a literary treasure.
Book News Annotation:
A combination of contemporary watercolors by Marlene McLoughlin and nature writing by the 19th-century French naturalist Jean-Henri Fabre. McLoughlin's watercolors vary from detailed illustrations of Fabre's subjects--birds, insects, flowers --to landscapes showing the France in which Fabre worked. Fabre's writing is similarly varied: at one moment he is giving vivid descriptions of eggs and fungi, at the next he is telling stories about his grandmother or his theories on heredity. Fabre's writings are excerpts from his 1879 Souvenirs Entomologiques.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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