A Life in Three Lands: Memoirs of an Architect
It is no surprise that Jacques Guiton, an architect who subscribes to Le Corbusier's idea of harmony as a controlling principle of design, should have produced a balanced and shapely book of memoirs. Between his early experiences at his grandfather's French country place to his retirement years at his own similar old farmhouse in America, Guiton chronicles events in Paris, Brittany, German prison camps and America. His prose is clean and clear and draws on all the senses. In the face of self-sacrifice, demoralisation and recovery, Guiton's stance is astonishingly modest, even self-deprecatory. This is a tender, sometimes funny, and quite unsentimental record of one man's adaptation to different lands -- his own search for human and happy coexistence in a puzzling world.
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