Standing tall on the sunburnt plains of Africa and Australia, like great living giants, baobabs may be the oldest life forms on the planet, and many of the specimens still standing today have been around for at least 2000 years. For centuries, the tree has provided food, medicine, shelter, places of refuge and worship and even served as prisons and tombs. Long before Africa was opened up by European explorers, the news of the baobab had astonished the world of science, due to its stupendous size (twice the girth of any tree in Europe), its bizarre appearance (more like a pumpkin than a tree) and its extraordinary soft, pith-like wood. Today, the baobab continues to baffle scientists. Nothing seems certain about the tree except that mythology comes to it naturally. The countless superstitions and myths that surround these 'gnarled upside-down giants' are as strange and intriguing as the appearance of the trees themselves. In this book Thomas Pakenham recounts his personal encounters with the different species of baobabs of Africa and Australia in his own inimitable style, as well as describing trees which have migrated to other lands. He tells of the myths and legends as well as the history - stranger than fiction - of many of the trees and their chances of survival.
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As well as the author and photographer of bestselling books on trees, Thomas Pakenham is the author of the critically acclaimed THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA which won the W.H. Smith Award and the Alan Paton Award. He is also the author of THE BOER WAR, THE MOUNTAINS OF RASSELAS and THE YEAR OF LIBERTY. He lives in County Westmeath, Ireland and is chairman of the Irish Tree Society. He plants trees both for profit and ornament.Review:
'Welcome to the strange world of the baobab tree, the subject of Thomas Pakenham's excellent new book... truly outstanding photographs... All involved deserve credit for this original book.' -- James Fleming THE SPECTATOR
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Descripción Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. brand new book. Book. Nº de ref. de la librería 075731
Descripción Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated, 2004. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0297843737