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Tropical Homes of the Eastern Caribbean Hardcover – January 15, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ozone Zone Books (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981327907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981327907
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Derek Galon has been winning awards and exhibiting works of photography since he was in his teens, has worked as a musician and graphic designer, and is the author of The Savvy Way to Successful Website Promotion. Margaret Gajek has a degree in art history and has worked as a researcher in that field, cataloging heritage architectural treasures, writing articles, and giving lectures. They both live in Victoria, British Columbia.


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This is a jaw-droppingly beautiful book; a feast for the eyes!
Ms. Susan Scott
I took "Tropical Homes of the Eastern Caribbean" in my hand as if it was just another architecture book.
G. Sommerfeld
This is a book that anyone interested in architecture,landscape and interior design will want to own.
Julia James

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Susan Scott on January 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a jaw-droppingly beautiful book; a feast for the eyes! It takes the reader into private worlds of exquisite gardens and houses, created by the most tasteful, sophisticated and (one assumes) wealthy inhabitants of this favoured part of the world.

Derek Galon's photography is masterful--full of juicy colours, whimsey and entrancing details. Margaret Gajek's text is both knowledgeable (she has a background in architectural history) and very readable.
Highly recommended. Guaranteed to take you away from a dull, North American winter!

Susan Scott, Canada
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Passionate Reader on June 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was thrilled to learn that the beautiful book I recently bought, "Tropical Homes of the Eastern Caribbean", has now won the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence in Publishing.
And it couldn't be better deserved! The book is really outstanding. The photographs are stunning, the texts informative and insightful yet written with such panache and wit that they read like fascinating stories, and the overall layout and quality of execution make the book itself a work of art. It's a joy to own it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Sommerfeld on February 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I took "Tropical Homes of the Eastern Caribbean" in my hand as if it was just another architecture book. But...what a surprise!!! The new colourful world opened up in front of my eyes. I felt the warmth of the Sun, I smelt the wind coming from the Caribbean Sea...I was there. This is the first book ever that made me buy a ticket for my holiday. I am going to Barbados!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lehmann on January 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book has a couple of chapters on the famous and rather inaccessible private island of Mustique, which was why I decided to buy it. Mustique did not disappoint - quite a remarkable place.
I was also instantly impressed with the details, warmth, sharpness and sunny colors of the whole book. So I opened a few other books of this type that I have - some new, some older - to compare.
And, I think this book belongs to a new generation, a new category opening up all-new technical possibilities. In comparison - some other books, even from top names - look somewhat dull. Especially the green colors in landscapes - alive and rich in this book, often look flat and unappealing in others; while dark shadows - with details still visible in this one, in others looked like kind of "black holes".
Being a bit of photography geek myself ,I realize that good colours are not always easy to print.

Photographer's eye is one thing, but it seems to me this book has succeeded in bridging the usual gap between the photographer's vision, the photo-editor's concept, and the people who prepare the book for the best quality print. In this case it feels like it is a product of a complete, integrated creative process, and that's why it's so good.
Not only does each chapter have a slightly different "feel", but even each spread of two opened pages creates a different, but perfectly matched, harmonious unity flowing throughout the book. For things like that you surely need good understanding and communication among the whole production team.
This is not your average run-of-the-mill coffee table book, so perhaps some people might not like it. But I dare say - most will, and this book is exactly what the publishers' info above says.
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