An Obsession with Butterflies
Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect
By (author) Sharman Apt Russell
Normal Price: $34.99
Your Price: $31.49 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $3.50! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $1.57 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply
Obsession with Butterflies by Sharman Apt Russell
Book DescriptionFrom Hindu mythology to Aztec sacrifices, butterflies have served as a metaphor for resurrection and transformation. Even during World War II, children in a Polish death camp scratched hundreds of butterflies onto the wall of their barracks. But as Sharman Apt Russell points out in this rich and lyrical meditation, butterflies have above all been objects of obsession. From the beastly horned caterpillar whose blood helps it count time, to the peacock butterfly with wings that hiss like a snake, Russell traces butterflies through their life cycles, exploring the creatures' own obsessions with eating, mating, and migrating. She reveals the logic behind our endless fascination with butterflies as well as the driving passion of such legendary collectors as the tragic Eleanor Glanville, whose children declared her mad because of her compulsive butterfly collecting, and the brilliant Henry Walter Bates, whose collections from the Amazon in 1858 helped develop his theory of mimicry in nature. Russell also takes us inside some of the world's most prestigious natural history museums, where scientists painstakingly catalogue and categorize new species of Lepidoptera, hoping to shed light on insect genetics and evolution. "An Obsession with Butterflies" is a luminous journey through an exotic world of strange beauty; this is a book to be treasured by anyone who's ever watched a butterfly mid-flight.
Buy Obsession with Butterflies book by Sharman Apt Russell from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9780099471332
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sharman Apt Russell
Standing in the Light, Hardback (July 2008)» View all books by Sharman Apt Russell
What is, right now, is divine; there is no God apart from the universe itself. This memoir explores the history of this tradition from the Stoic philosophers to the Transcendentalists while reflecting on author's own life during a year spent in the mountains and desert of New Mexico.
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Obsession with Butterflies book by Sharman Apt Russell and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Author Biography - Sharman Apt Russell
Sharman Apt Russell is the author of Anatomy of a Rose. She teaches writing at Western New Mexico University and at Antioch University in Los Angeles, California.
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
Address: Boomerang Books, 878 Military Road, Mosman Junction, NSW, 2088
© 2003-2016. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687