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    reading comprehension: image of a landscape

    I'm reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. And I have trouble picturing the following description:

    A landscape of weeds confronted him, a desolation. The air smelled of harsh blossoms; this was the desert, and there was no rain.

    I mean, this place is a desert, but it has weeds and flowers? At first I thought maybe "harsh" means something like "withered". But according to the dictionary, it seems harsh refers to the smell in a context like this.

    I can't picture a desert covered with weeds and bad-smelling flowers. Have I misunderstood something? Can anybody explain the idea for me?

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    Re: reading comprehension: image of a landscape

    1. It's a sci-fi book so the rules of nature on Earth don't necessarily apply.
    2. There are both weeds and flowers in many deserts on Earth.

    You should be able to picture a desert with weeds and noxious flowers - just use your imagination!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: reading comprehension: image of a landscape

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    1. It's a sci-fi book so the rules of nature on Earth don't necessarily apply. ​Agreed. Don't read science fiction, KuaiLe, unless you're prepared to use your imagination.

    2. There are both weeds and flowers in many deserts on Earth. Again - agreed. Real life documentaries often show deserts getting a shower of rain for the first time in ten or more years, bringing out a fine display of plants which have lain dormant all that time and which will again die back for another long period.
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    Re: reading comprehension: image of a landscape

    Plants live and bloom in all but the most desolate of deserts. Here's a picture of California poppies in Joshua Tree National Park:

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    It rained and snowed when I was there last winter. This winter the California deserts have had heavy rain, and I imagine the wildflowers are spectacular right now.
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