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Life A User's Manual
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Words and Buildin...
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Ray Lucas Ray Lucas said: "A rather rare piece of architectural theory that's well written, critically informed. More when I finish it - just about to start the second section.

The first section looks at the key metaphors used to understand architecture, whilst the second part...more
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Zona: A Book Abou...
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Ray Lucas Ray Lucas said: "Struggling to finish this one...

It's a fairly personal account of an obsession with the film by Tarkovsky, 'Stalker'. I love the film, which isn't for everybody on account of its incredibly slow pace, but the book by Dyer is so pompous and suffering...more
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Porta Palazzo by Rachel E. Black
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The title is a little misleading, as the book focuses on ethnography with very little theorisation. Whilst the content is engagingly written, it verges on the journalistic at times, and simply fails to draw any considered conclusions.

The material is...more
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Isle of Dreams by Keizō Hino
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Bound to remind people of Murakami, this one. It is set at an interesting time in Tokyo, and builds a mythology around the reclaimed land now occupied as the district of Odaiba. Something very explicitly architectural about the novel, which is probab...more
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The Letter Killers Club by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
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A curious little novella - quite a quick read, but worth it if the likes of Calvino or Borges are your thing. Feels like it could have developed further, but contains some very nice ideas.
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Life A User's Manual by Georges Perec
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City Life from Jakarta to Dakar by AbdouMaliq Simone
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Currently about halfway through...

A fantastic book so far. Academic without being heavy handed, polemic without beating you over the head with it...

More to follow when I finish it, I suspect.

So, finished it now, and the final chapter brings things t...more
City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads
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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)
by Haruki Murakami
read in December, 2012
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Really quite self indulgent and disappointing - I expected much more from an author I have a lot of time for...
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Zona by Geoff Dyer
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Struggling to finish this one...

It's a fairly personal account of an obsession with the film by Tarkovsky, 'Stalker'. I love the film, which isn't for everybody on account of its incredibly slow pace, but the book by Dyer is so pompous and suffering...more
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