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3.0 out of 5 stars Antiquarian prejudice, 18 Oct. 2002
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This review is from: Portugal (Blue Guides) (Paperback)
This is a helpful book in what is not a very crowded market. But the tastes it tends to display, at least in art and architecture, will be rather too fastidious for most readers. The monuments of the Salazar regime such as the statue of Christ and the Explorers' memorial at Lisbon surely deserve a basic description, whatever one thinks of the politics behind them. Baroque and 19th century works are also poorly served: the astonishing gilded chapel in the Franciscan church at Evora, for instance, is not even mentioned, and space is often given instead to the most ordinary instances of glazed tiles (azulejos), as if this were information that had to be handed on intact from guidebook to guidebook, all down the ages.
The tone is often also annoyingly lofty. One example: to be told how to pronounce a Portuguese vowel in terms that assume familiarity with French linguistics to degree level will be helpful to few.
Can we hope for a new edition that takes a fresh look at these, and other, neglected areas?
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