THE JOURNEY TO THE EAST by Le Corbusier

THE JOURNEY TO THE EAST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The journal that the enigmatic, important French architect kept at age 24 while travelling through central and eastern Europe. ""Corbu"" was not considered an evocative writer. Indeed, his important texts (and this is far from being one of them) were often written by a ""ghost"" and simply signed with his name. The reasons for this practical choice are evident when one sees this journal, completely lacking in literary value or evocative power. Even an exciting scene such as the haggling merchants of a bazaar refuses to come to life under the ineptitude of Le Corbusier's pen. There are accompanying sketches of the architectural monuments that the young aspiring architect saw, none revelatory of much more than competent draftsmanship and certainly not the genius that was to come. Of interest only to specialists.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1987
Publisher: MIT Press