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Button's writing here is crippled by his incessant attempts to sound as though he's contributing a tome of great worth to architectural academia. Where in actual fact his prose are at their best when he uses more pedestrian vocabulary, and attempts to evoke the universal in mundanity. The book lacks substance and structure, more of an introduction to thinking about architecture, for those who would like to impress their friends at dinner parties by spouting a few choice terms and broad generalisations which Botton himself is kind enough to elucidate here. Quite disappointing. Wouldn't bother if I were you.
I expected more profound conclusions starting this book, than it eventually gives. The book fails to go in depth too much.