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The Seed Collectors By Scarlett Thomas The Seed Collectors Great Aunt Oleander is dead To each of her nearest and dearest she has left a seed pod The seed pods might be deadly but then again they might also contain the secret of enlightenment Not that anyone

  • Title: The Seed Collectors
  • Author: Scarlett Thomas
  • ISBN: 9781847679208
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Seed Collectors By Scarlett Thomas Great Aunt Oleander is dead To each of her nearest and dearest she has left a seed pod The seed pods might be deadly, but then again they might also contain the secret of enlightenment Not that anyone has much time for enlightenment Fleur, left behind at the crumbling Namaste House, must step into Oleander s role as guru to lost and lonely celebrities Bryony wants toGreat Aunt Oleander is dead To each of her nearest and dearest she has left a seed pod The seed pods might be deadly, but then again they might also contain the secret of enlightenment Not that anyone has much time for enlightenment Fleur, left behind at the crumbling Namaste House, must step into Oleander s role as guru to lost and lonely celebrities Bryony wants to lose the weight she put on after her botanist parents disappeared, but can t stop drinking And Charlie struggles to make sense of his life after losing the one woman he could truly love.A complex and fiercely contemporary tale of inheritance, enlightenment, life, death, desire, and family trees, The Seed Collectors is the most important novel yet from one of the world s most daring and brilliant writers.
    The Seed Collectors By Scarlett Thomas

    The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas And Charlie struggles to make sense of his life after losing the one woman he could truly love A complex and fiercely contemporary tale of inheritance, enlightenment, life, death, desire, and family trees, The Seed Collectors is the most important novel yet from one of the world s most daring and brilliant writers. The Seed Collectors Thomas, Scarlett The Seed Collectors anchors on a mysterious plant on a mysterious island that can only be accessed by helicopter how then are there aboriginal people there The plant makes seed pods that carry the gift of enlightenment and death. The Seed Collectors A Novel Thomas, Scarlett Apr , Simultaneously sharply drawn and dreamlike, often hilarious, The Seed Collectors is a baroque family saga of human fallibility, love, eccentricity, sex, spirituality, and of a lost, legendary, coincidentally lethal route to absolute transcendence Scarlett Thomas is a splendid novelist William Gibson, author of Neuromancer The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas Summary and reviews The Seed Collectors is a tale of inheritance, enlightenment, life, death, desire and family trees by a literary star in the UK Great Aunt Oleander is dead To each of her nearest and dearest she has left a seed pod The seed pods might be deadly, but then again The Seed Collectors Soft Skull Press Simultaneously sharply drawn and dreamlike, often hilarious, The Seed Collectors is a baroque family saga of human fallibility, love, eccentricity, sex, spirituality, and of a lost, legendary, coincidentally lethal route to absolute transcendence Scarlett Thomas is a splendid novelist. The Seed Collectors, by Scarlett Thomas The New York Times May , The seed collectors of the title are the extended Gardener family, a Salingeresque clan full of thematically named botanists Their matriarch, Oleander, has

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    1. Blair on said:

      Updated review, 22 June 2015 Back in January, I wrote on my blog of The Seed Collectors, if this lets me down, I may as well give up reading Well, this is awkward And very disappointing, obviously.A bit of context before I start talking about this particular book Scarlett Thomas s Our Tragic Universe is one of my favourite novels, and made the author one of my favourite novelists With the exception of one early, out of print mystery which I own a copy of , I have read everything else she s done [...]

    2. Rebecca Foster on said:

      3.5 I have no idea why everyone thinks nature is so benign and glorious and wonderful All nature is trying to do is kill us as efficiently as possible This offbeat novel about obsession, sex and inheritance is set in Kent in 2011 and stars an extended family of botanists The concept of a family tree has a than usually literal meaning here given the shared surname is Gardener and most members are named after plants We have Great Aunt Oleander, recently deceased cousin Bryony and her children Hol [...]

    3. Sian Lile-Pastore on said:

      Have loved Scarlett Thomas s other books, but this one was a big fat struggle for me Not sure what was going on here some interesting ideas lots of yoga stuff which I m all over like a rash , but such obnoxious characters and so many of them and people saying amazeballs Like someone else said on here are we meant to be annoyed Are we meant to hate the characters Is it some weird satire Reading it was like listening to some awful radio 4 play full of posh people.

    4. Susan on said:

      This book begins with the death of Great Aunt Oleander, who ran a retreat centre called Namaste House, mostly for celebrities The members of this sprawling, secretive family, all take plant names if they do not keep the family name of Gardener At the heart of the family secrets are Grace, Plum and the legendary Briar Rose, who disappeared on the trail of a miracle plant deadly seed pods Left behind are Fleur daughter of Briar Rose , who must step into Great Aunt Oleander s shoes, Bryony, whose b [...]

    5. Laura on said:

      3.5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a free ARC copy in return for an honest review Two things about this book 1 I found it really engrossing and difficult to put down2 There were lots of things about it which REALLY annoyed me including the deeply disappointing ending The book follows members of a family dynasty as they come to terms with the loss of one of their matriarchs and try to navigate the various perils of middle class 21st century existence There is a broad an interest [...]

    6. Judy on said:

      I think perhaps Scarlett Thomas is not for everyone but she is definitely for me A few years ago I read Our Tragic Universe and fell in love.Five generations of the Gardener family, botanists and spiritual seekers, are harboring some tragedy and many secrets When Great Aunt Oleander, of the second generation, dies and leaves a rare and precious seed pod to each of her descendants, the family begins to fracture Not that there was a lack of trouble while Oleander lived, but as we know from many no [...]

    7. Maya Panika on said:

      This is Scarlett Thomas best novel yet The Seed Collectors is compulsively readable, tremendously enjoyable, a natural read than her previous works The mystical physics meshes naturally with life as we know it than in her previous novels The quantum, the mystical, the magical is still there, in the forms of a rare, deadly poisonous seed pod that brings instant enlightenment and or death, even to birds, a strange book that changes to fit the circumstances of whoever is reading it, a little bit [...]

    8. Anna on said:

      Recently I read The Great Derangement Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh, which asks why literary fiction has become so fixated on human relationships above all else that our relationship with nature, and specifically climate change, goes unexamined Here is a classic case of a novel that could easily have engaged with the human nature dynamic, in fact I assumed it would from the blurb, but instead largely dwelt on family melodrama and marital infidelity Consequently I was disappo [...]

    9. Brian on said:

      I loved The End Of Mr Y but Scarlett Thomas s latest novel has left me entirely cold The story features a family of famous botanists, the older generation of which disappeared on a hunt for a miracle plant The plot revolves around a series of moments in their lives after the death of the surviving family matriarch The trouble is, it s almost completely unreadable There are umpteen characters and they re impossible to tell apart because they aren t properly described or differentiated They re als [...]

    10. Paromjit on said:

      An oddball of a book Aunt Oleander dies, and the family come together to reminisce Close family members are bequeathed a seed pod with family secrets It seems to be about so much inheritance, horticulture, sex and family and societal dysfunctionality There are facts about plants and it is fascinating to see the world through the perspective of plants This is a strange book with obnoxious characters, interspersed with the odd philosophical ruminations, and a disjointed narrative Uncertain whether [...]

    11. Book Riot Community on said:

      It sounds like a strange thing to say out loud, but I felt really grown up while reading this book It s a fantastic, weird novel about love, sex, yoga, botany, and The characters say and do questionable sometimes even unacceptable things I yelled out loud at them than once but they always do what feels real to them, and that human side is what makes book tick It s truly an original delight.Tune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things new books, All The Books bookriot category all the

    12. T.D. Whittle on said:

      As another reviewer, Judy, has said I think perhaps Scarlett Thomas is not for everyone but she is definitely for me To that I say, Me, too The Seed Collectors is full of characters that make you laugh and cringe and almost toss your book across the room if one were the sort of reader who can bear to toss books across rooms, which I am not except for crap ones I won t bother with a synopsis because you can read that at the top of the page, but I will say what works for me about this book and abo [...]

    13. Cat on said:

      Do you know when a character in a story is so horrible you can t even bother with what happens to her, or him, in the end Now imagine that all the characters in a book are horrible What s , that story doesn t actually have a plot, but is a jumble of ideas, and thoughts, and views, of said horrible characters.That s what The Seed Collectors was to me There was not one single character I could like, or, at least, warm up to I never thought this was even possible Ok, so I don t like characters that [...]

    14. Marc Nash on said:

      I don t know much about horticulture and plants, but I do know you can shape and constrict growth of bonsai trees and in a way although the book s central plant is an orchid, the shaping of a bonsai is to my mind the most illustrative metaphor I can come up with for there is a family tree at the start of the book and then an amended one at its end when all the family secrets of paternity are finally out So the family tree is reshaped free of all the constrictions borne by its members while they [...]

    15. Rosaria Sgarlata on said:

      Guardate attentamente questa cover e non ditemi che non vi solletica la mente Non vi incuriosisce nemmeno un po Beh quando l ho vista io, mesi or sono, ho deciso che sarebbe dovuto essere mio E cos stato Ho avuto l opportunit di leggerlo in occasione di una delle tappe della Trivial Pursuit Reading Challenge ma ahim anche in questo caso si trattato solo di una bella cover.Nella famiglia Gardener si ha l usanza di chiamare figli e nipoti con nomi di piante Cos ci troviamo Oleander, morta da poco, [...]

    16. Jill on said:

      Things I hate reading about incest also incest whiny rich people who whine about money whiny rich people with status whiny rich people incest needlessly weird fantastical elements disconnected purposeless narratives bullshit philosophy incestScarlett Thomas is increasingly a hit miss author for me There were times I had to double check the cover to be sure she had written this book the soft, sweeping, engaging worlds of The End of Mr Y and Our Tragic Universe are nowhere to be found in this muck [...]

    17. Ashley McCurry on said:

      If I could give this zero stars, I would This book does not fit the description given at all I can t believe Neil Gaiman gave this a good review Normally, there s at least one character you will like in a book Or, at least the book has a plot This book has neither It s just disjointed ramblings that bounce between the book and the author speaking directly to you trying to sound insightful There s no real story It s just ramblings of an incestuous family.

    18. Jo on said:

      Simply the very best book I have read this year And this was the year in which there were 2 new Margaret Atwoods to read and in which I finally read Life of Pi Spellbindingly, thought forcingly awesome.

    19. Carole on said:

      I gave up on Page 91, not something I do very often, but I couldn t bear to go on Too much swearing, characters have no redeeming qualities and the plot didn t grab my attention at all.

    20. Desmentera on said:

      noioso ed inutile Scarlett Thomas sempre stata una delle mie autrici preferite, ho letto tutto quello che stato tradotto in italiano Questo potevo anche non leggerlo.

    21. Marco on said:

      Tra tutti i libri di Scarlett Thomas quello pi noioso e scialbo pochi lampi in mezzo a un mare di parole.

    22. David Harris on said:

      I m grateful to the publisher and author for letting me have advance copy of this book I d been anticipating it for ages I think Scarlett Thomas blogged the title at least three years ago.And the wait was worthwhile While I would happily read a telephone directory authored by Thomas simply for the writing, The Seed Collectors is an extremely absorbing, readable book, funny in places, sad in places sometimes the same ones Above all it is perceptive, and deeply human.The story moves between severa [...]

    23. Margot on said:

      I have such mixed feelings about this book First of all the cover and the blurb got me super exited to read this book so I had pretty high expectations upon starting it Then, from the first twenty or so pages I read I figured out that this book was, sadly, not going to be very enjoyable for me It then took me another 50 pages to find out exactly what was bothering me, but in the end I found out.What was bothering me so much about this novel were the characters All characters, I feel, were types [...]

    24. J.T. Wilson on said:

      So the kudzu plant is a vine like plant which sprawls in all manner of directions and ultimately attempts to choke the nearest plants, depriving them of light and air in order to sprawl further The kudzu plot, named after the plant, grows in many different ways at once, creating and narrative threads until the chance of them pulling together seems nigh on impossible The Seed Collectors marks the first time Scarlett Thomas has written third person narration since coming to national prominence w [...]

    25. Steffi ~mereadingbooks~ on said:

      This is just me trying to make sense of what I read If you want to know what this book is about you probably won t get much out of my review Sorry This is going to be a tough one I love Scarlett Thomas style The way she can make a narrative run along so smoothly you don t even notice all the information she s feeding you the way she can make pages and pages of conversation so authentic and interesting She regularly creates characters and scenes that simply speak to me and she always includes som [...]

    26. Venus Maneater on said:

      I loved it The first 200 pages or so which sounds awefully long, but you re through it in no time at all reads just like any other mystery general fiction novel, but with lots and lots of different plants and a LOT of rich white people problems because there are just a LOT of people in this book I used the family tree a few times to refresh my memories, but all of them kinda grow on you.Anyways, because there are a million characters, there is also a lot of good food, mediocre sex and ugly thoug [...]

    27. Maxie on said:

      I ve read a couple of disappointed reviews for this now and I think I liked it than those people I m not disappointed None of the characters are likeable this is true In the end perhaps the wrong people get to escape but all of Thomas ends in enlightenment, and it always feels like a cop out I don t know why we re being surprised.I get an aliens among us vibe from The Seed Collectors I miss the physics, but in it s place, botany is a fine and twisted mirror through which to view humanity and th [...]

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