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5.0 out of 5 stars Bordeaux Beyond Wine
Unlike most English-language books about Bordeaux, this spectacular photographic essay focuses not on the wines produced nearby, but on the magnificent architectures of France's "second city," its "Port de La Lune." These include the 18th-century structures and spaces that primarily define the city (the basis for its recent designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site),...
Published on November 2, 2008 by L. Fishbein

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was hoping for
I bought this book hoping for beautiful pictures of the city. While it was nice to finally find a book that focused on the city instead of the wine region, this book was a disappointment. The photos were mainly of what I thought were boring or even ugly parts of the city. Where is Rue St. Catherine, Place St. Pierre, or the Jardin Publique? There are also no people in any...
Published on January 27, 2009 by Claire


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5.0 out of 5 stars Bordeaux Beyond Wine, November 2, 2008
This review is from: Bordeaux (Hardcover)
Unlike most English-language books about Bordeaux, this spectacular photographic essay focuses not on the wines produced nearby, but on the magnificent architectures of France's "second city," its "Port de La Lune." These include the 18th-century structures and spaces that primarily define the city (the basis for its recent designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site), but also modern ones, including industrial and commercial constructions, and the emerald tramway that seductively snakes through the city (as if an alter ego of the Garonne), all designed to provocatively complement Bordeaux's "patrimoine culturel." The resulting juxtapositions, as captured by Garde and narrated by Verniere, are a remarkable, unexpected delight. A native of neighboring Libourne, Garde's earliest perceptions were infused with what Roland Barthes extolled as southwest France's "luminous light." After completing studies in sociology and art history in the crucible of France's "1968," she embarked - with author Verniere, another native of Aquitane - on a lifelong exploration of the world's peoples, cultures, and geographies. Their partnership has produced a shelf of books, hundreds of articles, and dozens of gallery exhibitions on three continents. Here, Garde's photographs exploit the sometimes unlikely chromatic effects of both natural and man-made light which accent the city's surfaces and environs, the nocturnal in particular. Verniere's text reveals the historical, commercial, and cultural currents - including the slave trade - that underlie all that stone and steel, sculpture and ornament, from the mosaic to the graffito. Lyrical asides conjure Bordeaux's evocation of locations as far flung as Siberia, Africa, India, even the United States. The reader is thereby afforded an intimacy with Bordeaux hitherto inaccessible to all but longtime residents. Meticulous Italian printing of the photographs, which Garde produces with traditional, non-digital equipment and film ("argentique"), completes the effect. For Francophiles and neophytes alike, this will be the perfect holiday gift - and one sure to provoke wanderlust.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was hoping for, January 27, 2009
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This review is from: Bordeaux (Hardcover)
I bought this book hoping for beautiful pictures of the city. While it was nice to finally find a book that focused on the city instead of the wine region, this book was a disappointment. The photos were mainly of what I thought were boring or even ugly parts of the city. Where is Rue St. Catherine, Place St. Pierre, or the Jardin Publique? There are also no people in any of the photos-when some of my favorite memories are of soccer games in the park and people strolling down the street. If you have memories of the beautiful spots in city and are hoping to reminisce, this book is just not what you're looking for.
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