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Great moments, but tedious to read at times.,
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This review is from: White (Hardcover)
After I finished this book I jumped in to Tanizaki's 'In Praise of Shadows' - also about Japanese aesthetics. I have to say, Tanizaki is a way better writer - at times 'White' reads a bit like a high school essay. The book also has some fallacies and at times ignores scientific thinking, where it could actually put it to good use. Maybe it's the subtleties of Japanese reasoning that escape me.
There was one element of this book however, that I found priceless and that makes this book a solid 4 stars instead of 2 or 3 for me. If you've read greek Sophists or 'The Art of Zen and Motorcycle Maintenance' by Robert Pirsig, you'll appreciate the moment where Kenya successfully likens White to Quality or areté. This alone helped greatly in translating what I learned from 'The Art of Zen...' directly to design and made the book well worth reading.
If you don't tend to read 'these books' however, I wouldn't suggest starting with 'White'. It may seem tedious and unrewarding.