A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder Hardcover – 5 Jun 1997
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Michael Pollan's A Place of My Own might be suspiciously viewed by some readers as a text begging for interpretation. What is it that causes this man at midlife to attempt to put up a structure, an actual wood and concrete dwelling, where he can work on his own craft away from his domestic life? Arguably, Pollan's intentions are more transparent than a too-clever postmodern audience can easily appreciate. The author of this fine, well-crafted book offers an explanation that seems honest and understandable: "Whenever I heard myself described as an 'information service worker' or a 'symbolic analyst', I wanted to reach for a hammer, or a hoe, and with it make something less virtual than a sentence."
In Pollan's bestselling book Second Nature: A Gardener's Education, he illustrated his facility with both hoe and pen. In A Place of My Own he hefts the hammer and again records with great intelligence how thoroughly thought and reflection can be woven into our common lives and the patterns of a day's work. His book's subtitle, An Education of an Amateur Builder, captures much of what this book contains: the lessons learned by a diligent student of architecture, design and construction. The writing contains no gaps or unsightly seams, and it's full of clues to readers who share a similar desire to build something tangible in a world that prizes the evanescent. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
"A glorious piece of prose...Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace."
"A captivating and informative adventure."
--John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
"An utterly terrific book...an inspired meditation on the complex relationship between space, the human body and the human spirit."
--Francine du Plessix Gray
"From the Trade Paperback edition.
aA glorious piece of prose . . . Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace.a
aA captivating and informative adventure.a
aJohn Berendt, author of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
aAn utterly terrific book . . . an inspired meditation on the complex relationship between space, the human body, and the human spirit.a
aFrancine du Plessix Gray
"A glorious piece of prose . . . Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace."
"A captivating and informative adventure."
-John Berendt, author of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
"An utterly terrific book . . . an inspired meditation on the complex relationship between space, the human body, and the human spirit."
-Francine du Plessix Gray --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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This book is ostensibly about building a fancy shed in the woods. Pollan has a tendency to over-intellectualise things. For a discursive chapter on roofing he cites nearly two pages of references, he extensively references Gaston Bachelard and The Poetics of Space on our relationship with and reaction to places. But the overall effect is fascinating, like sitting down with someone who knows all about something, and then proceeds to chat indiscretely about all the best gossip and spats. He can ramble on sometimes, but never for too long, and the book is just packed with fascinating thoughts and diversions. The highlights for me were around the conflict between architects, builders and clients, but the book is just packed with good stuff.
This book is a real keeper, one that you can read again every couple of years and enjoy all over again. This is a substantial, thoughtful and worthwhile book, but above all, it is just a lot of fun to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting and thought provoking read about the desire of every man to create and build a place of their own.Published 1 month ago by K S Dhindsa
As an architect myself I was skeptical I would gain much from this. However it is an erudite outsider's view looking into the depths and processes at work when you decide to build... Read morePublished 12 months ago by catliketread
although best known for his major bookss successes, like the omnivors dilemma, Mr Pollan is a clever writter than can build a story worth telling from such a simple - and... Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2014 by Mr Fife
This is a beautiful book, with plenty of gorgeous quotes and clear descriptions. It is what I was looking for Many thanksPublished on 10 July 2013 by dan
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