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nice pictures, bad writing
on December 12, 2012
First, it must be said that this is a very beautiful book, which is why I gave the book three stars. If you are only interested in the pictures, buy it. However, if you also want to read the book, I cannot recomend it. Typical sentences go on for five or six lines and are loaded with jargon. As a graduate student, I referred to this as "I have nothing to say so I'm hiding behind verbose prose". The type style is also very annoying--it randomly uses a fancy curly-que serif on the letter t. It doesn't sound like a big deal, but combined with the writing style, it increases the reading difficulty. Further, once you get through the language, there isn't enough information. In fact, the book only indexes names. Lastly, don't take my word for it, here is just one example of the writing style, "All the stylistic currents that did not unswervingly steer towards modernism, were appraised as 'aberrations' by an art scholarship oriented towards developmental history--although, or perhaps because, it was not them but the avant-gardes that were originally considered ridiculous fringe phenomena by the predominant social strata; the recognition of an artistic movement by the educated bourgeoise seemed from a modern standpoint to inevitably discredit it." If that sentence works for you, you'll love the book. I, however, sent it back.