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Interesting and comprehensive
on 21 May 2006
I'd wanted a book on goth culture for a while, and after some deliberation I decided on this one. I suppose what finally decided me was the section on absinthe, which is a favourite subject of mine, but after reading the rest of the book I was glad that I had chosen it, as it was all well written and interesting.
Goth is an extremely wide and expansive subject, so writing a 'bible' on it is a very hard task to set yourself, but Kilpatrick has lived up to it admirably. This book does not merely concentrate on goth culture today, or just gothic fashion and music (although there are great sections on these subjects), but gives a comprehensive study of gothic through the ages, including how today's 'goths' are connected to the original 'Goths'. Other areas studied are gothic architecture, art, writing, and even a section on famous graveyards.
While the goths interviewed may not represent every sort of person who is involved in the culture, they do help to illustrate how very varied goth is, showing people from many different countries, backgrounds and tastes coming together under the same mantle. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the gothic culture, or who is goth themselves, just as long as you remember that no book can ever represent the entirety of the culture.