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Author Otte, Jean-Pierre, 1949-

Title Love in the garden / Jean-Pierre Otte ; foreword by Jacques Lacarrière ; translated from the French by Moishe Black and Maria Green.

Published New York : G. Braziller, 2000.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  843.914 OTTE MF30    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Amour au jardin. English
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 122 pages ; 22 cm
Notes Originally published: Paris : Phébus, 1995.
Contents Astonishing Deception of the Bee Orchid 3 -- Inviolate Violet 11 -- Primrose and Her Prohibitions 16 -- Name--Hyacinth, Grape. Occupation--Vamp 21 -- Subject: Passionflower with Birds 25 -- Journey to the Center of the Iris 30 -- Of Other Intimate Visits 35 -- Arum's Masterly Strategy 44 -- Vagabond Queen 49 -- A Flower-carpeted Womb 53 -- Shrill Song from a Mixed Choir 61 -- Loves and Lives of a Millipede 66 -- Way to a Bug's Heart 70 -- Sparks in the Dark of Night 78 -- Spider-Woman and the Kiss of Death 82 -- World of the Stick Insects 87 -- Frothy Wedding 93 -- Barbed Love Meets Love Barb 101 -- Out-of-Body Fertilization 109 -- Glass Snake 117.
Summary Written with wit and with a poetic fancy, and from a shamelessly anthropomorphic viewpoint, Love in the Garden delights in the ingenuity and variety of the sexual tactics of garden insects and flowers. The bee orchid, for instance, lures male bees by duplicating the scent emitted by females during mating season. When a male bee arrives, he searches excitedly for the non-existent female opening and, as he thrashes about, covers himself with pollen. His amorous advances frustrated, the bee moves on to another orchid and then another, inadvertently pollinating the next flower with the pollen he picked up from the last. In the realm of the 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 merely to enrich the scientific knowledge of its reader. Instead, it hopes to involve him, through sexuality and all forms of sensation, in the turbulence of life.
Other author Black, Moishe.
Green, Maria.
ISBN 080761467X