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Chateaux of the Loire Hardcover – June, 1998

4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Konemann (June 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3895085987
  • ISBN-13: 978-3895085987
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 9.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Sebastian Catala on December 30, 2001
This is a superb book and a great purchase. I was happily surprised at the excellent quality of the book itself. This chateaux collection is by Jean-Marie Perouse de Montclos author of 'Fontaineblue', which I had bought earlier and enjoyed thoroughly. Perouse de Montclos is obviously an authority in this so interesting and imposing a realm. 'Chateaux of the Loire Valley' is beautifully captured pictorially by Robert Polidori, this treat alone unfolds like some magical visual biography of France, and the world. I can't begin to tell you how much charm this book brings. The architectural relics and historical wonders are each detailed in the accompanying text. The history of Chinon, for example. There is a preface with the best chronology of the Kings of France I've ever seen. Never ending information and art photos about the castles, one better than the other. Including a profile of the unique Chenonceaux, with it's haunting echo of the fascinating Diane de Poitiers. With it's modest price this has to be one of the most satisfying books I've ever come across. You might also look up 'Fountainbleau' a literary and visual collection about the legendary French chateau by the same author.
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We own this beautiful book. It is filled with high quality photographs, portraying the true beauty of the Lorie Valley. We are purchasing one more copy as a gift for a dear friend who traveled with us to Chenonceaux, and Chambord. Our personal photo's did not do justice to the true beauty of these castles.
This book will be on our coffee table, to remind us of the breathtaking experience we had, while being in the presence of such lovely architecture. I highly recommend this book!!
We have visited France in 1997, 1998, and 1999.
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The book Chateaux of the Loire Valley by Jean-Marie Perouse De Montclos and photographer Robert Polidori is definitely the nicest coffee table book on sale about the beautiful castles of the Loire Valley. Besides being a superb wine growing region, the Loire River south of Paris offers a unique combination of beautiful landscapes and castles, which makes it one of France's most attractive regions. You should take at least a week or ten days to do a round trip. This book gives you an excellent idea of what to expect - or you cannot make it - what you are missing!
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Purchased this book to get some idea what we might get to see when we're in the Loire Valley next summer. The lovely photographs and narrative of so many of these magnificent structures led us to change our plans and stay a little longer. The area guidebooks give you more information with lots of details...but this wonderful book really is the icing on the cake for travel planning and will be our lovely souvenir of our visit when we return.
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This is without a doubt the best book on the chateaux of the Loire Valley that I ever ever read (and I have read dozens). Given the superb quality of the pictures and the descriptions of the various chateaux, it is quite a bargain even at the full list price. Now that I think of it, this book is so enjoyable that the coffee table (or the night stand) would be an excellent place to keep it, not for show, but to have it handy to read whenever the mood arises.
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I enjoyed most of the scenic photographs of the chateaus and they were as lovely as I had remembered them to be. I enjoyed many of the sketches - many of which were historical, and some were charming. I found much of the text to be vulgar and gruesome due to the past history of the area and so I did not read all of the chapters.
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