Paperback: 98 pages
Publisher: Eric Simon (April 1, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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If you're new to bougainvillea, as I am, this book has a lot of useful and interesting information in it regarding all aspects of cultivating bougainvillea. However, I do have a number of quibbles with it at this price point ($19.95). Apparently the author publishes this book himself, and I think the issues I have with it are related to that fact in one way or another.- It's a small book, about 8.6" x 6.3", and 98 pages. It looks like at least half of it is pictures. I wish there were more (more text, larger pictures) for $20. So I think it's overpriced for what you get, but it probably costs the author a lot more per copy to get it published than if it were done by a big publishing house. The pictures are generally interesting, though, and often illustrate things you won't see at your local nursery.- Eric Simon is Malaysian, and he seems to write for a Malaysian audience. For example, in one place he writes, "Because our Malaysian soils are so low in alkali you should apply about two tablespoons of lime once every 6 months." Why should I use lime in Florida because Malaysian soils are so low in alkali? He uses metric system measurements throughout the book, so if aren't comfortable with centimeters before you read this book, you will be after you've read it. ;-) (Most useful conversion: 5cm = 2 inches.) There are places in the book where he talks about places in Malaysia where you can see Bougainvillea. The pictures are good, but it's unlikely I'll be going to Malaysia to see them. Also, I had to look up the definition of a parang (a large, heavy knife used as a tool or a weapon in Malaysia and Indonesia) since we don't talk much about parangs here in Florida. ;-)- He could use a good editor to go over the text and polish it a bit.
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