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Oranges

Oranges - 83 edition

Oranges - 83 edition

ISBN13: 9780374512972

ISBN10: 0374512973

Oranges by John McPhee - ISBN 9780374512972
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 83
Copyright: 1983
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.
Published: 1983
International: No
Oranges by John McPhee - ISBN 9780374512972

ISBN13: 9780374512972

ISBN10: 0374512973

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 83

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Summary

A classic of reportage,Orangeswas first conceived as a short magazine article about oranges and orange juice, but the author kept encountering so much irresistible information that he eventually found that he had in fact written a book. It contains sketches of orange growers, orange botanists, orange pickers, orange packers, early settlers on Florida's Indian River, the first orange barons, modern concentrate makers, and a fascinating profile of Ben Hill Griffin of Frostproof, Florida who may be the last of the individual orange barons. McPhee's astonishing book has an almost narrative progression, is immensely readable, and is frequently amusing. Louis XIV hung tapestries of oranges in the halls of Versailles, because oranges and orange trees were the symbols of his nature and his reign. This book, in a sense, is a tapestry of oranges, toowith elements in it that range from the great orangeries of European monarchs to a custom of people in the modern Caribbean who split oranges and clean floors with them, one half in each hand.

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