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House by Tracy Kidder
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Jun 04, 2009

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bookshelves: nonfiction
Read from January 25 to February 03, 2010

Tracy Kidder has become one of my favorite non-fiction writers and House is well-written. Some parts of it were fascinating mostly because I knew very little about how to construct a house from start to finish. I learned about the roles of the architect and builders in great detail. Kidder also protrays the dynamics between the architect, builders, and the couple whose house is being built. The conflicts that erupt are most interesting.

My main complaint is that the narrative becomes slow at times. As the house is being built Kidder spends many pages going into depth about each component of construction down to the most minute details. This became tiresome to me and I found myself fighting to stay engaged.

Overall, I do recommend this book for the stronger and more interesting parts of the story.

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