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Cuban Elegance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2006

    And for the Latins or Spanish speaking??

    I was so smitten with a glimpse I was given into that hidden world of Cuban elegance that I decided to make it a Christmas gift to my favorite friends who would also appreciate the literary entrance into that world. The problem is that I live in Mexico and have been waiting for the book to be published in Spanish for my Spanish-speaking friends. It seems to only make sense that it would be published in Spanish. Is that going to happen? An affirmative reply would be nice for me and a good idea for the publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004

    Astonishing

    Cuban Elegance is an astonishing work. That Michael Connors and Bruce Buck were able to navigate the bureaucracies to get to Cuba and to the subjects of the book; astonishing that with an admitted paucity of research material they were able to craft a book that reveals the wealth of historic artifacts in Cuba. <p> Connors' concise, comprehensive and well-researched narrative along with Bruce Buck's beautiful images bring to light the stylistic and historical influences of three centuries of Cuba's heritage. <p> Kudos to both gentleman for what must have been an arduous task. The fruits of their labors is a book that should be an elegant addition to a great many libraries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Beautiful photos and text about Cuban furniture

    This book is the first comprehensive review of Cuban furniture from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century. Connors and Buck, the author and photographer, spent months touring Cuba and doing detective work to gain access to relics of past eras. Connors stays clear of the contentious times of Cuba, avoiding this battleground of American politics over the past 50 years. He gained the cooperation of American and Cuban authorities, no mean feat, and produces a veritable feast. He also used archives and collections of Cuban artifacts from other Caribbean countries to gain this masterful view which he presents in a prose that is descriptive but not ornate. The color and style of Cuban furniture needs only an honest narrative for its story to be told. Connors cites Hispanic-Moorish, African and French influences on the many pieces of furniture sited in rooms lit through mamparas (tinted glass swinging doors) and mediopuntos (fanlights, semicircular windows made of complex forms of stained and plain glass set above doors and windows) of old Cuban haciendas. This is a beautiful book designed to bring a touch of our hemisphere's elegant beauty into everyone's living room and even our lives. It does to ours and to anyone who owns it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    Cuban Elegance is a keeper

    Cuban Elegance is one of those rare books that combines gorgeous photography with authoritative scholarship about the architecture, furniture and decorative arts it features. Too often, books that are big on style are fluff to read, and books that are written by academics are heavy going and not fun to look at. As someone who writes in this field and has shelves full of books that miss that mark, I appreciate when people get it right. Connors and Buck nailed it on this one -- the images throughout the book are as beautiful as the one on the cover, and the text is informative, readable and engaging. And, they have made it possible for people to have a glimpse of an incredible world that so few get to see -- 500 years of Cuban history and culture as expressed in buildings and their furnishings. Five stars. As people in the antiques business say, this one's a keeper.

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