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Enlightening little book, easy to read and effectively illustrated.
on 30 September 2009
The book is arranged into short chapters each of which concentrates on one of the major features common to most buildings: doors, windows, arches, stairs, etc. Each page within each chapter discusses a particular period and how the major feature is distinguished in that period - this gives the book a comfortable predictable rhythm, but does on occasion lead to unnecessary repetition if reading the book cover to cover.
The glossary is sufficient for those of us whose vocabulary does not, at the time of starting the book, incorporate the many arhitectural terms used throughout the book.
The illustrations are engravings not photographs, and at the outset I had my doubts that they would be sufficient but for the most part they effectively illustrate the points being made in the text.
The book does not (at this size it can not) cover architecture in much depth, but it does offer an excellent overview that will inspire the reader to read the buildings they encounter from day to day (either in person or on their TV screens). It may also help the reader to understand why the appearance of some buildings can seem unusual or simply uninteresting.