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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; Reprint edition (15 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375759220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375759222
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.1 x 23 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 995,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not what I expected, but not without merit 16 April 2011
By Caleb Hanson - Published on
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This book wasn't exactly what I expected when I bought it--Amazon recommended it based on my previous purchases, and it looked interesting so I went for it. I had hoped it would be about how *I* could get more out of looking at art, but really it's about what Manguel thinks about when *he* looks at a dozen particular pieces--paintings mostly, but also photographs, sculpture, monuments, etc.

My mis-expectations aside, he does know stuff and he writes it well. Each chapter is an essay about one piece; some talk about the composition of the piece, others more about the artist's career as a whole, others about other things that the piece reminds Manguel of. I was a bit disappointed that the rather interesting picture on the cover is never even mentioned, neither the photo nor the painting within it.

Not easy to rate: not what I was looking for, but interesting enough I finished reading it, but then again I don't know the field so I can't really tell if he's full of it or not. Hence the indecisive three stars. (Takeaway lesson: Picasso was an incredible dick.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
another good read by Alberto Manguel 5 Jun. 2010
By T. Shreve - Published on
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Manguel continues to discover new ways to look at how we process what we read and see. I highly recommend this book or anything by Alberto Manguel.
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