In this illuminating book, Witold Rybczynski walks us through five centuries of homes both great and small, from the smoke-filled manor halls of the Middle Ages to the Ralph Lauren–designed environments of today, on a house tour like no other: one that delightfully explicates the very idea of “home.” You’ll see how social and cultural changes influenced styles of decoration and furnishing, learn the connection between wall-hung religious tapestries and wall-to-wall carpeting, discover how some of our most welcome luxuries were born of architectural necessity, and much more.
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Interesting, but yawn-inspiring at times
No. It was interesting, but it bogged down at times.
Maybe. It would depend on the subject.
This was a good overall history of the home, but failed to keep my interest. I found my attention wandering frequently while listening.
- J. Dominy