Second Nature: A Gardener's Education

Second Nature: A Gardener's Education

by Michael Pollan
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Second Nature 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
amckenzie4 More than 1 year ago
This is, without a doubt, the worst edited ebook I've ever seen. "Modern" is consistently rendered as "modem." The author just referred to some trees being "fully 8edged." Italics are there one word, gone the next, and back the word after that. None of that is true in the paper version. I have, I admit, downloaded a few scanned books from free sites: in general, they've been better quality than this. Don't get me wrong; I love the book. That's why I bought it -- my paper copy is wearing out, and I figured this would be an easier way to take it around with me. Pollan's writing is wonderful, and he approaches the whole subject of gardens from a wonderful perspective, that of someone who, in the beginning, has read too many essays by Thoreau and Walden, and believes too firmly that distinctions between "weeds" and "plants" are terrible. By the end, he's learned somewhat better, at least as affects his garden. He's funny, and has good references throughout, and makes the reader think. It's a brilliant book; go buy a paper copy, and save yourself the pain of this bad editing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Second Nature overflows with humor and serious ideas about dealing with many of the worst (grubs, egad) of early gardening concerns. The only drawbacks are, with the barest of contexts, the author introduces controversial Native American barbaric practices and the n-word flower. We could all have better enjoyed this reading without those freakish images. As well, he seems to be one of the few intelligent beings who never heard of Live Trapping. His attempt to burn a woodchuck alive is simply chilling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is always a pleasure to read of someone's experience in being a begining gardener. It is very helpful for the novice to realize that he is not alone in his ignorance and sometimes in his frustration. What makes Pollan's book special however is the change in point of view that he brought, at least for me. Prior to reading this I had tended to keep my environmental consiousness on one level and my gardening delights on another. The title here gives the plot away as Pollan does see gardening as 'second nature' and advances the concept of stewardship. The book helped me bring these areas together and sent me back to read Wendell Berry. Although I remain far away from Berry's vision of self sufficiency, I do have a clearer feel for the concept of man on the land and the rightness of his being there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only did the book make me laugh out loud, it made me think of the world and of my garden in a whole new way. Michael Pollan is terrific.
Guest More than 1 year ago
EASY READ, VERY ENJOYABLE.
NJMetal More than 1 year ago
"Second Nature" is Michael Pollan's first book (and the last of all his offerings to date that I have read.) It is a book of the author's attempt to more deeply understand his connection to his gardens on his (now former) property in rural Connecticut. The story travels from his boyhood exposure and fascination to his grandfather's suburban garden. It all culminates in a tour of his own gardens as an adult. Along that form he discusses the many stops we all take in our own gardens. In typical Pollan style, the simplest of topics is more deeply explored for its factual, historical, cultural and philosophical content. Weeding or not weeding to be ecologically correct. The class war implications of plantig roses. The historical musings of planting a tree. Even the marketing strategies of seed catalog companies. Pollan helps us see our gardens and landscapes in ways we've never thought of looking before. Read this book and discover the Versailles that could be hidden in your own garden.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not even close to my favorite by Michael Pollan, but if you find the history of the American garden (as opposed to the ideas and designs of European and British gardens) this is an informative interesting read.
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