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My Two Polish Grandfathers: And Other Essays on the Imaginative Life

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AWARD-WINNING AND CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED WRITER WITOLD RYBCZYNSKI DELIVERS A REVELATORY COLLECTION OF LINKED AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ESSAYS -- PART MEMOIR, PART FAMILY HISTORY -- ABOUT THE UPHEAVALS OF EUROPEAN LIVES DURING WORLD WAR II, HIS OWN INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT, AND THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGES OF ART, MUSIC, AND ARCHITECTURE.

Witold Rybczynski's parents and grandparents were
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ebook, 240 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Scribner (first published 2009)
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Vivian Van
I was hoping to read more about the Polish grandfathers. It was really a book about the author. Still interesting .
Susan
It's not often that a book reflecting on a turbulent time can co-exist with an 'imaginative life'. Although Rybczynski's family wasn't spared the trauma's of war time, they were clearly less scarred. The essays that front the book were, for me, more interesting than his musings on the inspirations of his career in architecture. Good writing and just enough history woven in to the family story.
cliff
A short and interesting narrative of the author's family's experiences in Europe and England and Canada during the first and second world wars - and his own education, leading to his becoming an author and architect. I wish their had been more detail on the two grandfathers' lives and experiences.
Kater Cheek
This book is a collection of essays about the author's early architecture career and about his history as a polish emigree. The essays are tied together well, and arranged in a nearly linear fasion, which makes it read more like a memoir than an anthology.
Michele
I am not that good with non-fiction...got about halfway through and had had enough
Maureen
Interesting, but it was really about him, not his grandfathers so much.
Chris
I enjoyed the book; Rybcynski's family history is interesting.
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Witold Rybczynski was born in Edinburgh, of Polish parentage, raised in London, and attended Jesuit schools in England and Canada. He studied architecture at McGill University in Montreal, where he also taught for twenty years. He is currently the Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also co-edits the Wharton Real Estate Review. Rybczynski has ...more
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