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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (1 Jan. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486258378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486258379
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.9 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Robert J. Lang is one of the most respected origami designers in the world. He is the author of "The Complete Book of Origami" and" Origami Zoo" (written with Steven Weiss). He lives in Altadena, California.


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The book starts off with the basics, and explains how to read origami diagrams. Lang sticks to what is more or less the standard symbols used in lots of origami books, so this introductory course is a good place to start. A few simple models follow, and then the bar is raised gradually, up to the insanely complex cuckoo clock. Excellent! If you're a "neo-hardcore-strictly-square-paper-origami-enthusiast" you might have some issues with Lang's choice of paper sizes used on some of the models. I tend to prefer using squares myself, but Lang's less orthodox paper size models are a lot fun, and often intriguingly challenging. A good book, but probably best for people who've some experience with paper folding already. The "Complete" in the title is slightly misguiding, as the book does not contain the classic cranes or other simple, classical models. But then so many other books do, and this book contains quite a few other great models.
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This book is ideal for lapsed folders - I used to do a lot of origami some years ago and needed a refresher. It contains a few simple models and a number of complex and very complex ones. Some of the intermediate ones are very satisfying indeed while the most complex ones are occasionally slightly disappointing and can feel a little forced.

Mr Lang very definitely has his own style of model and presentation; I liked the use of more text than is normal in origami books. However, many models have taken me numerous attempts & I've ended up annotating the book myself as I've worked out the keys to certain folds
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This is an early book of Mr Lang's, and it is so good to see it available. As he is a mathematician as well as an entertaining lecturer this collection of progressively more complex models was a foretaste of the later far more complex books. Mr Lang is world renowned and respected in the origami community and I would recommend this as a second book for those who have folded a little and a first book for those who have folded by instruction before - but a lively mind and adept fingers will soon benefit from the carefully progressed selection.
I would not advise this as a first book but certainly buy while available to be there when ready for steadily more complexity. Some reviewers miss out the vital component of the way a paperfolder works; patience!
I buy this not only for me but as a second or third acquisition for those I introduce to origami as either just fun or therapy for arthritic fingers! No one will regret the purchase of this well diagrammed book. Excellent value for money.
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I bought this book because I had NO origami experience. I am not particularly good with my hands, but until I tried this book, I didn't think I was particularly bad either. The book starts okay, with a couple of simple models, but very quickly moves onto far more complex models that a beginner like me could never hope to tackle. Only about four or five models are suitable for the beginner. I would suggest this book is for advanced origami-ists who will probably love the incredibly complex and impressive models, the beginner should steer clear.
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I think this book is very good,because the models start off very simple and then seem to get harder and harder. It has the very easiest of origami, to the one and only cuckoo clock.
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I like this book I am still working on the book I am in no hurry but I would recommend this book to any one wanting to give origami a go it arrived on time good price and good luck if you buy this book
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Everything is in this book for beginning Origami, it includes some great models. As an ebook it is best on a larger screen like and Ipad , figures are a little small on a Kindle (might be better on a Kindle fire)
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This is a book where the vast majority of designs would be ranked 'intermediate' or above. Although there are some simple designs, the difficulty climbs very quickly, so it could be quite off-putting for a complete beginner.

Good
* Uses the standard origami notation for diagrams
* Good variety of models
* Lots of models (48)
* Some famous models, such as Lang's cuckoo clock with pop-out cuckoo.

Bad
* Many of the models do not start from squares, but may use rectangles or triangles of various proportions. Therefore you can't just launch into a model.
* The explanatory text for the diagrams is placed at the bottom of the page, rather than next to the diagrams themselves, meaning you have to flick between the two. The diagrams are not clear enough that the text can be ignored altogether.
* A lot of the models don't look much like what they claim to be.
* Since this book was published, origami has progressed a long way. It's now possible to get more impressive results with less folding effort.
* Most diagrams do not differentiate between the front and back of the paper, making them harder to interpret.
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