Philosophy In The Garden
Why did Marcel Proust have bonsai beside his bed? What was Jane Austen doing, coveting an apricot? How was Friedrich Nietzsche inspired by his 'thought tree'?
In Philosophy in the Garden, Damon Young explores one of literature's most intimate relationships: authors and their gardens. For some, the garden provided a retreat from workaday labour; for others, solitude's quiet counsel. For all, it played a philosophical role: giving their ideas a new life.
Philosophy in the Garden reveals the profound thoughts discovered in parks, backyards and pot-plants. It does not provide tips for mowing overgrown cooch grass, or mulching a dry Japanese maple. It is a philosophical companion to the garden's labours and joys.
"Reading this book is like strolling in a luxuriant garden with an erudite friend …" - The Age
"Fluent and stylish and never marred by cliches or cliched thinking..." - The Australian
"A touching, delightful book...Every chapter is a succinct and pleasing discovery." - The Courier-Mail
"A stimulating read…packed with brilliant literary info." - The West Australian
"This is a gardening book that takes readers not on a walk around great estates but on a tour of great minds...in this touching, delightful book, we discover how thinking, sensitive human beings in history did their best work in nature." - Julie Thomson, The Courier-Mail
"Reading Young's book is like taking a long stroll with a charming and expansive friends in the cool of a summer evening." - Miriam Cosic, The Weekend Australian