12 March 2012

Natural Companions -- a book review

This is the most beautiful book I have ever seen.
I know that is a pretty extreme statement, but searching my memory and my book shelves, I am confident that it is, indeed, true. I was expecting it to be lovely, Ken's books always are, but I wasn't prepared for it to be quite so staggeringly, breathtakingly, gorgeous. You can get a preview of what it looks like, a little, here, but they are only a shadow of the richness and beauty of the images in the book. If you see it in a book store, I defy you to flip through it and not buy a copy.
The book is huge, 240 some pages of glorious scanned images of flowers built around brief essays ranging from color theory to groups of plants to aspects of design, and the experience of flipping through it is quite magical. I find myself opening the book at random, reading an essay, and then spending a long time just staring at the words brought to vivid life by the images surrounding them before moving on to yet another magical, beautiful, page.
I only hope Ken and Ellen collaborate on many more books. I'm already hungry for a sequel.

4 comments:

Jose Santos said...

Thanks for the advice. I'm going to order it from Amazon.

Kaveh Maguire said...

Looked it over while at Barnes & Noble this afternoon. Beautiful book. I'll have to put it on my wish list.

Mary Gray said...

Oh great! I had been avoiding reading reviews of this book knowing that I would find it irresistable and would need to buy it immediately, after I swore I'd wait till next month to buy another gardening book. So thanks a lot.

Ketunkivi said...

Thanks so much for the tip! Ordered the book from Amazon UK today.