I was eagerly looking forward to the arrival of "Swahili Chic." Unfortunately, it proved to be such a massive disappointment that I feel compelled to write this review (my first). The majority of the photographs are not only of poor quality but are of such lackluster interiors that they shouldn't have made the cut for the book in the first place. Too many uninteresting detail shots clutter the pages, and there are too many photographs of subjects that are only marginally relevant to the topic. Regarding the quality of the photography, most of the photographs have some degree of blurriness and are shot either from awkward angles or from too close or too far away. The resulting images are often confusing and sometimes unpleasantly disorienting.
If there is a redeeming feature to "Swahili Chic," it would be the care with which Ms. Jordan has written the text. She provides a broad overview of the rich historical background as well as her own contemporary perspective on lessons to be learned from the 2,000 year old Swahili civilization. It's a shame that the text is occasionally marred by sentences such as this: "While the Stone Town is exclusive and illusive, the main street is inclusive and effusive."
As much as I wanted to like this book, I regret having purchased it and would never recommend it.