Taking the Waters: Spirit, Art, Sensuality

Alev Lytle Croutier, Author
Alev Lytle Croutier, Author Abbeville Press $17.98 (224p) ISBN 978-1-55859-219-3
Reviewed on: 07/31/2000
Release date: 08/01/2000
Hardcover - 978-0-517-12963-0
Paperback - 224 pages - 978-1-55859-565-1
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Croutier ( Harem ) visited many of the world's famed spas, including Evian in France and Baden-Baden in Germany. Her tour of watering places from California to Switzerland is the core of this charming, copiously illustrated volume, which accentuates the role of spas as therapeutic havens, hedonistic retreats and oases of artistic creativity. She opens with a look at water's mythical associations; nymphs, mermaids, sacred springs, Venus/Aphrodite and water monsters (like the plesiosaurs said to swim in Loch Ness) get their due. Croutier surveys bottled waters, warns of pollution and global overconsumpton of H2O HO and samples water motifs in art, literature, movies and plays. She devotes short, entertaining sections to water rituals, rainmaking, music inspired by water, dowsing, fountains. Paintings by Botticelli, Klimt, Turner, Degas and Picasso as well as photographs and posters are featured in 140 plates (60 in color). BOMC and QPB selections. (Nov.)
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