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In Ruins Christopher Woodward

In Ruins By Christopher Woodward

In Ruins by Christopher Woodward


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Summary

Why are we so fascinated by ruins? This book looks back to the start of the cult in the 18th century, when follies were built in English landscape gardens. It looks at Nazi fantasies, the shattered Statue of Liberty in the film "Planet of the Apes" and the Chelsea Flower Show's "Millennium Ruin".

In Ruins Summary

In Ruins by Christopher Woodward

Why are we so fascinated by ruins? Do we see them as jig-saws and riddles or romantic evocations of the damage of Time, complete with crumbling stone and ivy? Do they stir us to remember past glory or warn against future arrogance? In this elegant, provocative book , the brilliant young art-historian Christopher Woodward looks back to the start of the cult in the eighteenth century, when follies were built in English landscape gardens, artists and writers thrilled to Rome's poetry of decay, and in Paris the great chef Careme even served blancmanges shaped like classical ruins. He takes us from Troy and Pompei to Sicilian palaces and Nazi fantasies, and whirls us forward to modern times - to the shattered Statue of Liberty in Planet of the Apes, to Florida's Museum of Natural Phenomena, designed as a court-house dumped upside-down by a hurricane and to Chelsea Flower Show's 'Millennium Ruin'. Even the decay of an ordinary house can be as moving as the collapse of a temple - with its fascinating stories and characters, and its telling illustrations, In Ruins is full of strange delights and startling surprises, exploring the mysterious, melancholy charm of eternal fragments.

In Ruins Reviews

"Marvellous proof that the prospect of ruins can elicit the finest cadences of the language... A rich and absorbing volume." -- Peter Ackroyd, "The Times

"From the Trade Paperback edition.

Additional information

GOR001100816
9780701168964
070116896X
In Ruins by Christopher Woodward
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2001-08-30
288
Short-listed for Mail on Sunday / John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2002
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