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    DescriptionFrom the internationally acclaimed Czech writer Karel Capek comes this beautifully written and marvelously apt account of the trials and tribulations of the gardener's life. First published in Prague in 1929, "The Gardener's Year" combines a richly comic portrait of life in the garden, narrated month by month, with a series of delightful illustrations by the author's older brother and collaborator, Josef. Capek's gardeners--all too human, despite their lofty aspirations--often look the fool, whether they be found sopping wet, victims of the cobralike water hose, or hunched over, hands immersed in the soil, "presenting their rumps to the splendid azure sky." In their repeated folly, Capek gives us not only cause for laughter but also, in the end, "testimony of the imperishable and miraculous optimism of the human race." This Modern Library edition is published with a new Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg, a "New York Times" editorialist and the author of "Making Hay" and "The Last Fine Time."


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    Title
    The Gardener's Year
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Karel Capek, Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 133 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 9 mm
    Weight: 114 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780375759482
    ISBN 10: 0375759484
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: GAR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T11.2
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC21: 635
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24270
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    BIC subject category V2: WMB
    DC22: 635.9
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 06, 31
    B&T General Subject: 380
    Ingram Subject Code: GI
    Libri: I-GI
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A71520000
    BISAC V2.8: GAR002000, GAR000000
    DC22: 635.9/02/07
    LC classification: SB455 .C3413 2002
    Thema V1.0: WMB
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    60 B&W ILLUSTRATIONS
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Modern Library Inc
    Publication date
    01 March 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Karen Capek is widely considered the greatest Czech author of the first half of the twentieth century. A novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and essayist, he was a strong dissident voice during the period of fascist buildup in Europe between the World Wars. Most famous for his play "R.U.R.," which coined the word "robot," he wrote a number of satires, as well as the utopian fantasy novel "War with the Newts." He died in 1938. Michael Pollan is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Botany of Desire" and "Second Nature," named one of the best gardening books of the twentieth century by the American Horticultural Society. He is a contributing editor to "Harper's" magazine and a contributing writer at "The New York Times Magazine." Pollan chose the books for the Modern Library Gardening series because, as he writes, "these writers are some of the great talkers in the rich, provocative, and frequently uproarious conversation that, metaphorically at least, has been taking place over the back fence of our gardens at least since the time of Pliny."
    Review quote
    "There was no writer like him." --Arthur Miller "A charming and loving chronicle of the Czechoslovak playwright's backyard garden in Prague. . . . [A] funny but meaty little book." --"The New York Times" "Capek's work has lost nothing of its freshness and luster." --"The New York Times Book Review"
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    From the internationally acclaimed Czech writer Karel Capek comes this beautifully written and marvelously apt account of the trials and tribulations of the gardener's life. First published in Prague in 1929, "The Gardener's Year combines a richly comic portrait of life in the garden, narrated month by month, with a series of delightful illustrations by the author's older brother and collaborator, Josef. Capek's gardeners--all too human, despite their lofty aspirations--often look the fool, whether they be found sopping wet, victims of the cobralike water hose, or hunched over, hands immersed in the soil, "presenting their rumps to the splendid azure sky." In their repeated folly, Capek gives us not only cause for laughter but also, in the end, "testimony of the imperishable and miraculous optimism of the human race." This Modern Library edition is published with a new Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg, a "New York Times editorialist and the author of "Making Hay and "The Last Fine Time.