Beautiful photos, in random order. Text: awful.,
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This review is from: Chile: A Journey Through Extremes (Hardcover)This is a book that has clearly been created to showcase Chile through photography. The photos are mostly very nice indeed - though there are a few filler ones. (Why am I looking at a handful of photos of regular looking people and couples in regular clothes in anonymous looking cities? This does not evoke Chile for me - it could be any people in any town in the world). Thankfully, the filler photos are small, and the double page spreads are great pictures.
Unfortunately, the book is not structured. There can be thousands of miles between two photos, and no connection. Don't let the fact there are chapters fool you - the chapters meander around their topics like a senile person who likes to talk, but forgot their point. The text is rambling and occasionally stream-of-consciousness stuff, like someone vaguely prattling about the country from remembered school lessons, but again, without any structure, or any flair and interest. (Admittedly, some of this may be the result of translation).
For a book of photos, this is not too bad (again, if you don't mind the unstructured and random order of the photos), but as a book for evoking a place and as light reading while preparing a journey, the book is useless.