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Raises interesting questions, but a hard slog for me
on 14 March 2010
I just could not get into this book: perhaps I tried to read it at the wrong time; perhaps I'm just not that interested. A surprise, as most of Alain de Botton' other books have sucked me in immediately and I had trouble putting them down ["The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work" was the only other one that I struggled through at the time].
It has its interests, and eccentricities [some very strange, to my mind!, designs:], and Alain de Botton's insights, as always, are quite profound and challenging: with this one the emphasis being that architecture is not simply a design out of nowhere,but shows who we are ansd what our beliefs are; and moreso, that is can make us feel a certain way. Interesting in a way, but it just didn't grab me.