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The Book of Tiki Hardcover – September, 2000
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Irreverent, fabulously fun, and packaged, as always with TASCHEN, beautifully. -- LA Weekly, 12/22/00
Sven Kirstens loving look at the post-war craze for all things Polynesian is filled with photos ... -- Travel Etc. Magazine, December 2000
The amazing world of Tiki has never been more lovingly and thoroughly documented. -- Paper Magazine, December 2000
Text: English, German, French (translation)
Original Language: English
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I received this book today.
The description never indicated a razor slice in the cover, nor did it state anything about what looks like coffee spilled on this book.
I would have preferred a crayola hand drawn picture of a monkey humping a football; at least I would have laughed.
I am very disappointed.
I will not ever buy from North Lamar Books, again.
Aside from the unmentioned condition of this particular book, this book is awesome!
For Tiki Lovers: its your Bible, for Mid Century connesuers: its a guidebook, for Pop Culture lovers: this is one of the biggest and longest lasting trends that has grown worldwide and you owe it to yourself to seek it out in debth.
This book has great pictures, wonderful, accurate information, and puts you right in the middle of the era as it was, not totally romanticized.
If you have young children, you may want to censor a few pictures, as they show some nudity.
When you buy this out of print, wonderfully Tiki text, also buy a Matin Denny Album Best of or Ultra LoungeBachelor Pad Royale: Ultra Lounge 4 or Don HoGreatest Hits, then go find a cofy spot under some swaying palm trees or in a corner of your favorite lounge and read away.
However, the book does lean a bit too much towards making the book eye candy. The Book of Tiki uses intense colors, and ultra-hip page compositions that make it difficult to read (typically Taschen, but I still found it distracting). Also, a consolidation of information would have made it easier to reference, such as a table differentiating the different "Trader" Tiki businesses. Also, some of the text ("Exotica and the Tiki style were denounced as contrived rituals of the imperialist establishment at the same time that the Vietnam war developed into and ugly mistake, with native huts and palm trees burning on TV."), had me wondering if they were being tounge-in-cheek, or were actually serious.
Nevertheless, this book is the current bible for Tiki aficionados, and is well worth having on your bookshelf.