- Paperback: 440 pages
- Publisher: Rizzoli; Reprint edition (September 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0847835308
- ISBN-13: 978-0847835300
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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History of Beauty Paperback – September 21, 2010
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About the Author
Umberto Eco is the author of many best-selling novels, including The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum, as well as many acclaimed nonfiction works. He is currently professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna.
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The book is a fairly irreverent description of beauty. The book is really a description of female beauty in the western world through the centuries. I find the pictures and the text elaborating on the pictures interesting. The other part of the text is too tedious for my taste. I an not particularly interested in reading lengthy sections of other people's writing that the author considers important.
Eco has also written The Infinity of Lists: An Illustrated Essay in the same series. That book is actually rather impossible to understand (two stars), but it also has beautiful pictures.
The current book is worth four stars; barely.
Reading Umberto's insights and looking at great art..what a wonderful way to spend a morning at starbucks!