The Book Of Tea (Hardcover)
|Author: Alain/ Burgess Stella|
|Tea is a beverage with roots all over the globe, from English tearooms to the mountains of Tibet. This exquisitely illustrated volume leads readers on an investigation of the many faces of tea: a mythic plant, a ceremony, the cause of wars (remember the Boston Tea Party), and ultimately one of the world's favorite beverages. The Book of Tea provides a comprehensive history and background of the beloved ritual of tea, providing photographed accounts of tea farming, tea barons and, teatime, and capturing the various tastes and nuances of teas from around the world. |
This book, based on the original Flammarion title The Book of Tea, is now edited and brought up to date.
This book acts as both a guide to the appreciation of tea and a travel guide to the regions responsible for the production of tea, including Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Anyone who loves tea will be delighted by the chance to delve into the magnificent photography and descriptive writing of The Book of Tea.
From the Publisher:
An investigation into the many facets of one of the world's favorite beverages examines the cultural and historical significance of tea and the ceremonies and traditions that accompany it throughout the world, and includes more than two hundred color illustrations.An investigation into the many facets of one of the world's favorite beverages examines the cultural and historical significance of tea and the ceremonies and traditions that accompany it throughout the world, and includes more than two hundred color illustrations.
Burgess was born John Anthony Burgess Wilson into a Roman Catholic Lancashire family in an English town, the son of a bookkeeper/pianist and a musician/dancer. His mother died of Spanish influenza when he was a baby, and for this and other reasons he gave up his faith when he was 16. Burgess loved music, was an accomplished pianist, and wished to be a composer, but he became interested in writing as a student at the University of Manchester. He joined the army in 1940, and gave concerts to the troops, lectured, taught map reading and languages, and .worked in Army intelligence. In 1942 he married a cousin of Christopher Isherwood whom he met in college--Llewela Isherwood Jones. The brutal assault scene in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE was based on an attack on Burgess's wife in 1943 by American G.I.'s in London, which resulted in a miscarriage; she was never entirely well after the incident. Burgess devoted himself to music after the war--composing, arranging, playing in a jazz combo--but also worked as a teacher, first in England, then in Malaya, Brunei, and Borneo. Eventually, bored and frustrated by teaching and by the English colonials there, Burgess collapsed mysteriously in class one day. He was sent back to England, where he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given a year to live. His wife took their small savings, invested it in the stock market, and made enough money for them to live on while Burgess wrote novels. He produced five in quick succession, intending to leave the profits from them as a legacy to his wife; at the end of a year, he was still alive, and found that he had become a professional novelist who had to defend his prolific output. He regained his health, but his wife died in 1968. Burgess remarried, to an Italian contessa, a translator of Pynchon's V and Durrell's ALEXANDRIAN QUARTET, and had a son. He lived first in Rome, then in Monaco, where he died in 1993.