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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
Top Customer Reviews
"Possibly the most difficult aspect of reviewing this comprehensive study of Polynesian pop is that it stands alone, unassailable. It's difficult to apply any critical distance to a work like this, and it's not that nothing else approaches its thoroughness or insight: the fact is that there is simply nothing else of the sort available. Whatsoever. Anywhere. Kirsten has literally "written the book" on a phase of pop culture that once encompassed architecture,interior design, clothing, music, food, entertainment and much more, yet passed from a ubiquitous vogue to decay and disregard without ever having enjoyed critical respect or even any substantial recognition.
A must-have book!
In addition to the rich imagery (which affords the viewer an almost physical experience of the phenomenon) Kirsten's writing traces back the origins of the style to the Western fascination with Polynesia and, without becoming too analytical and dry, enlightens the reader on the motives for this escapism.
The chronicler's ironic enthusiasm for his subject saves him from becoming judgmental and falling for easy, politically correct conclusions.
We are guided through the history of Polynesia as an eternal metaphor for an earthly Eden up to the point where Americans fell in love with this vision.
Here Kirsten conveys how the post-war need for more moral freedom coincided with the tales of Pacific war theater veterans and the 50s idealization of Hawaii as a dream vacation destination.
In taking the guise of an urban archeologist who (as is done in classic archeology) discovers a lost culture through it's objects and artifacts, Kirsten accomplishes to throw light on a fascinating chapter of American pop that has so far lingered in obscurity.
About the only thing missing is a chapter on the Exotica music which closely tied to this culture - the tunes of the era get only a very passing reference.
That said, YOU WILL NOT REGRET purchasing this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In places this isn't the best organized book, but it is a classic. If you're interested in Tiki, this belongs in your library.Published 2 days ago by Michael Wenzler
No kidding! TIKI SENSORY OVERLOAD! I'm a "johnny come lately" on this book, since it's outa print, and paid a hefty premium for it on marketplace, but "WOW! Read morePublished 16 months ago by yensid
First of all, this book is in line with other offerings by Taschen - it's beautifully printed and assembled, on glossy paper, with what feels like a padded cover. Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by Larry Benjamin
This product works great! It works just as it’s advertised, what else can I say, I’m happy with this purchase.Published on May 14, 2014 by Jeremy Sherlock
The Book of Tiki is a beautiful coffee table book by Sven Kirsten celebrating Tiki Culture in suburban America. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by J. R. Spencer
An expensive out of print book that any tiki fan must have! It's exciting to visit some of these pagan places of worship when you're traveling.Published on September 28, 2013 by Nancy Luna