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Book Title: Het Kasteel: Het verhaal van de bouw|
The author of the book: David Macaulay
Date of issue: 1978
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The glorious illustrations are what really does make David Macaulay's Castle an aesthetic and visual treat, as they are meticulously detailed, intensely informative, and really in all ways quite simply outstanding (appearing almost like minute and specific architectural blueprints at times). However, as much as I do appreciate (and even absolutely adore) the author and illustrator's pictorial offerings (although part of me would definitely want and desire at least some coloured illustrations instead of only black and white renditions), his accompanying text is rather majorly if not even overly dense and so specifically descriptive and convoluted that I actually often feel my attention wandering and drifting (and as such, my eyes skimming over entire parts). And furthermore, considering that Castle in many ways strives to educate and enlighten, its teaching and learning potential would be massively increased by the inclusion of a list of works consulted and cited (a bibliography), as well as additional historical background material (an annoying and yes, even sadly frustrating shortcoming for this type of a book, and indeed the main reason, why I am now changing my erstwhile three star ranking to but two stars).
And finally, I also do have to wonder if David Macaulay's fictitious Welsh town and castle are based on the coastal town of Aberystwyth, but that is pure conjecture and speculation on my part (having visited the former, and seen the ruins of its castle, the comparisons are ready and clearly present, and it would definitely tickle my fancy if Macaulay had indeed based his Aberwyvern on Aberystwyth, yet another reason why a detailed and expansive author's note with such presented information would be or would have been an appreciated and actually in my opinion also rather necessary addition).
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Read information about the authorDavid Macaulay, born in 1946, was eleven when his parents moved from England to Bloomfield, New Jersey. He found himself having to adjust from an idyllic English childhood to life in a fast paced American city. During this time he began to draw seriously, and after graduating from high school he enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). After spending his fifth year at RISD in Rome on the European Honors Program, he received a bachelor’s degree in architecture and vowed never to practice. After working as an interior designer, a junior high school teacher, and a teacher at RISD, Macaulay began to experiment with creating books. He published his first book, Cathedral, in 1973. Following in this tradition, Macaulay created other books—including City, Castle, Pyramid, Mill, Underground, Unbuilding, and Mosque—that have provided the explanations of the how and the why in a way that is both accessible and entertaining. From the pyramids of Egypt to the skyscrapers of New York City, the human race’s great architectural and engineering accomplishments have been demystified through Macaulay's elaborate show-and-tells. Five of these titles have been made into popular PBS television programs.
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