The Language Of Houses: How Buildings Speak To Us

The Language Of Houses: How Buildings Speak To Us

by Alison Lurie

Delphinium Books, New York, 2014

ISBN-10: 1883285607
ISBN-13: 9781883285609

As a delightful companion to her widely celebrated The Language of Clothes, Lurie followed with The Language of Houses, a provocative and entertaining journey through the architecture of houses and buildings and the divided spaces within that come to reflect the attitudes and purposes of the organizations and people who inhabit them.


“Alison Lurie, in her lucid, jargon-free way, allows us to read what architecture is saying. She has culled the best ideas from a vast secondary literature and passed it all through the sieve of her brilliant mind.” —Edmund White

“There's much to absorb in this sequel to Alison Lurie's The Language of Clothes, but The Language of Houses is an extraordinarily absorbing book—it wears its learning lightly, holding this reader's attention the way a fine novel does. I was particularly fascinated by the linked chapters on religious buildings and museums.”James McConkey. author of Court of Memory

“The Language of Houses has every quality you would expect from a work by Alison Lurie: intelligence, authority, wit and charm.” —Louis Begley

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