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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing examination of aesthetics and architecture with a little poetry and a lot of beauty along the way, 5 April 2014
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I can't claim to have read this extraordinary book straight through, one day I might. It was better for me to take this immensely readable and imaginative pot pourri in small chunks, perhaps using the index as the starting point to enter Harbison's world, as he weaves a celebration of the beauty of the mind and its interplay with buildings, paintings, novels and all the rest of humankind's artistic endeavours. If I was to say the first four entries in that index are Robert Adam, the architect, James Agee, the American screenwriter and poet, Agrigento, the Sicilian town the ancient Sicilian town (where Harbison makes a plausible case for the beauty of municipal garbage!), and Alice in Wonderland - this gives some idea of the territory where Harbison's gentle polemic about the role of art and its eccentric spaces in the built environment finds itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful journey through time and place, 10 Dec 2010
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Harbison is a truly wonderful writer who pulls you along a fantastic journey through the annals of art, architecture and literature. A startling curiosity lends itself to a multifaceted reading of the text. Would thoroughly recommend (especially to those who are finding themselves slightly outside of the mainstream and looking for an insight into what one can begin to appreciate in "eccentric spaces").
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