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In ruins

Author: Christopher Woodward
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, [2010]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this enchanting meditation on ruins, Christopher Woodward takes us on a thousand-year journey from the plains of Troy to the monuments of ancient Rome, from the crumbling palaces of Sicily, Cuba, and Zanzibar to the rubble of the London Blitz. With an exquisite sense of romantic melancholy, we encounter the teenage Byron in the moldering Newstead Abbey, Flaubert watching the buzzards on the pyramids, Henry James  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Anecdotes
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Woodward, Christopher.
In ruins.
New York : Vintage Books, [2010]
(OCoLC)50214713
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Woodward
ISBN: 9780307531988 0307531988
OCLC Number: 680521067
Awards: Short-listed for Mail on Sunday / John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2002
Description: 1 online resource (195 pages) : illustrations
Responsibility: Christopher Woodward.

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Why are we so fascinated by ruins? Woodward looks back to the start of the cult in the 18th century, when follies were built in English landscape gardens. He examines Nazi fantasies, the shattered  Read more...

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"This book itself is marvellous proof that the prospect of ruins can elicit the finest cadences of the language, whereby a languorous and clamant prose is drawn out of the spectacle of desuetude and Read more...

 
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