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This handsome book, subtitled ``Showing How People Have Lived Throughout History with Examples Drawn from the Lives of Legendary Men and Women,'' comes in the wake of Lorenz's Metropolis (1996) and is just as meticulously crafted. A welter of deta ils appears on every spread, yet there is always open space, a crisp, incisive text, and visual and verbal humor to keep things afloat. Lorenz gathers under his roof any structure that has been lived in for some time, so along with the expected domicilesc ity apartment, serf's cabin, Versailles, Giverny, Monticello, and such--he scatters monastic cells, the Trojan Horse, a slaving vessel, the space station Mir, and the human womb. He lightly covers the evolution of design and also introduces historic chara cters and their famous abodes, e.g., Sherlock Holmes's Baker Street residence. There are moments when the book resembles a cabinet of curiosities, when a lapse of narrative warmth fails to invest the discussion of dwellings with any soul. However, the art work is deeply satisfying and the throng of informational tidbits keeps readers turning the pages, to savor slowly or devour in one sitting. (Picture book. 7-12) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810911965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810911963
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,788,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1998
I have never seen any illustration like this one. This is truly a great book for all ages. a must buy!
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