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A good source of words for Scrabble,
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This review is from: How to Read Buildings: A Crash Course in Architecture (Paperback)
I've always been slightly interested in architecture and bought this book hoping to learn something useful. I enjoyed the way the book is structured - describing columns, vaults, windows etc - with each section taking you through the historical development. The problem is, being a small-format book, the illustrations (which are mainly drawings) are small and sometimes drawn flat-on without the benefit of perspective to provide depth. Also, many of the words used in architecture are esoteric and I felt that I was thrown in at the deep-end so had to keep referring to the glossary.
I can imagine that the book would be a good pocket volume for students, but overall, I was frustrated by it. Having been through the book twice I still woudn't feel confident in describing pendentives or volutes. And I really want to be able to do so.