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Concise and Excellent !
on 1 September 2006
This is an excellent and easy-to-read book that goes into a surprising amount of detail, not only on the memorial itself, but on Lutyens, war memorials in general and the First World War, plus what has happened to the memorial after its completion and contemporary attitudes to it and to war and war memorials in general, even quoting the excellent fourth series of "Blackadder", as well as Sebastian Faulks' "Birdsong" as part of his examination of why people born long after the war are still fascinated by it and why the memorial attracts more visitors today than it did in the years immediately following the war. I'm familiar with Gavin Stamp's other books on architects and architectural history and this book is certainly up there with the best of his work.
The book is part of Profile Books' "Wonders of the World" series and before I read it I was surprised to see Thiepval included in a series that includes the Alhambra, the Colosseum and the Parthenon, but afterwards, taking Stamp's idea that it is a memorial to all those who have died in war, I can see why it was included. I'm looking forward to the volume on St Pancras Station in the same series.
I thoroughly recommend this book !