Mysteries of the Mall

Mysteries of the Mall

And Other Essays

Book - 2015 | First edition
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"A deep exploration of modern life that examines our cities, public places, and homes."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374269937
0374269939
Characteristics: viii, 319 pages ; 22 cm

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Liber_vermis
Jun 07, 2018

The thirty-four essays in this collection date from about 1993-2003. Each essay ends with a one paragraph comment by Rybczynski to bring the essay up to 2015. The book's title is itself a mystery as it adopts the title of the first essay which is about the book titled "A Sense of Place, a Sense of Time" by architect John Jackson. A variation on Jackson's title would have been appropriate as Rybczynski often considers "place" and "time" in the works of the architects critiqued in his essays. The author praises his hero Andrea Palladio whose treatise 'The Four Books on Architecture' "... is full of images; almost every page contains an illustration." Too bad Rbyczynski didn't provide illustrations in his book of essays to aid the reader in visualizing his remarks (but images are so readily available on the Internet). The book has an index.

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