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Love in the garden
Otte, Jean-Pierre, 1949-
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Amour au jardin. English
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : G. Braziller, [2000]

Physical Description:
xi, 122 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Paris : Phébus, 1995.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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PQ2675.T8 A4613 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Reveals intricate, humorous, and often horrifying intimate details about the frenzied sexual lives of garden flowers and insects.

Author Notes

Jean-Pierre Otte is the author of several novels, collections of short stories, and works of non-fiction. He is also an active lecturer in Spain and in France, where he lives
Moishe Black and Maria Green are both emeritus professors of French at the University of Saskatchewan

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this voluptuous and ridiculously salacious little book, Otte, author of several novels, short story collections and works of nonfiction (Love in the Garden), dishes up breathy commentary on the sex lives of creatures found at the beach, from sea urchins to seaweed to shellfish. Here in English translation is Otte's first-person account of a stay at the French seashore, told in the voice of a titillated voyeur. As Otte recounts what he sees while he peers furtively into tide pools, the reader has the sense of watching a nature program on public television, in which the narrator has begun to take the sex scenes entirely too personally. But the author does it with such humor and skill that it's hard to fault him. Among his offerings are chapter titles like "Private Secretions" and "The Moist Secret," in which he describes the reproductive intimacies of crabs, marine gastropods and shrimps. Much of the author's nature imagery is gorgeous, such as his description of colony mussels, which "obey the great primitive rhythms of the tides: they close, they cloister themselves in their own shadows, and then they reopen when the waves, breaking on the reefs and in the cavities with a magnificent roaring and splashing, return." The book ends with playful irony when, on a rock table beside the sea, Otte and his female host share a sensuous meal of the very the creatures the author takes such interest in. Otte serves up a rich, briny read in this unusual nature book, though some readers might find it too rich for their blood. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Part I The Astonishing Deception of the Bee Orchidp. 3
Inviolate Violetp. 11
The Primrose and Her Prohibitionsp. 16
Name--Hyacinth, Grape. Occupation--Vampp. 21
Subject: Passionflower with Birdsp. 25
Journey to the Center of the Irisp. 30
Of Other Intimate Visitsp. 35
The Arum's Masterly Strategyp. 44
Vagabond Queenp. 49
A Flower-carpeted Wombp. 53
Part II Shrill Song from a Mixed Choirp. 61
Loves and Lives of a Millipedep. 66
The Way to a Bug's Heartp. 70
Sparks in the Dark of Nightp. 78
Spider-Woman and the Kiss of Deathp. 82
The World of the Stick Insectsp. 87
Part III Frothy Weddingp. 93
Barbed Love Meets Love Barbp. 101
Part IV
Out-of-Body Fertilizationp. 109
The Glass Snakep. 117