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This review is from: God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain (Paperback)
I believe that this book's main fault is that it is in the wrong format i.e. a paper back with too many words and not enough photgraphs.
As a previous reviewer has stated Pugin's personal life was rather uneventful (except for his final descent into insanity) and certainly not interesting enough to fill a 500 page biography. Also I found the long accounts of philosophical and theological disputes within the ranks of the Roman Catholic church tedious.
Pugin was a brilliant and highly influential designer and architect and that is what the book shold have concentrated on. Yes, there should have been coverage of his personality and philosophies and how these were formed but the bulk of the book should have been photographs and diagrams of his work (NOT descriptions) accompanied by informed explanation and analysis of the designs.
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Initial post: 10 Dec 2009 12:26:15 GMT
Mr. P. J. R. LEWIS says:
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2010 20:31:35 GMT
S. J. Williams says:
Pugin DID NOT write the 7 Lamps of Architecture: that was John Ruskin!!!!!
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