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Quirky and Enjoyable,
This review is from: The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch (Paperback)
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In The Toaster Project Thomas Thwaites documents his attempt to build a toaster from scratch. This entails a lot of work, money, and research that produces a compelling narrative about a modern device that usually receives little attention.
The project is impractical and "ridiculous," but the author tells the story well, and I feel like I got something out of reading it. I am not sure it was what he intended for me to take away from it, because I don't share his take on the issues he raises in it about our mass consumer culture. I also don't think the project actually provides much support for the agenda he is trying to advance, and he seems at times to be forcing his quirky endeavor to make arguments that it isn't designed to sustain. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable story. I'd also like to add that the photography is superb and the text is arranged beautifully; it's nice to see a book receive so much care and attention in its production.