The Meaning of Homeby Edwin Heathcote
We are so familiar with the features of our homes, the myriad little decorative details, that we have forgotten how to see them. We might look at a church, read a book or watch a film and attempt to understand its symbolism and its references, but we rarely look at our homes in the same light. Yet from the most ordinary apartment to the most extravagant mansion, every… See more details below
We are so familiar with the features of our homes, the myriad little decorative details, that we have forgotten how to see them. We might look at a church, read a book or watch a film and attempt to understand its symbolism and its references, but we rarely look at our homes in the same light. Yet from the most ordinary apartment to the most extravagant mansion, every home is a deep well of echoes. Windows to wardrobes, fireplaces to door knockers, Edwin Heathcote attempts to fathom the elements of our everyday domestic lives.
The Meaning of Home explores how we build our houses on the souls of our ancestors: how ritual and symbolic elements transmute over time into practical features, and how often this symbolic charge ensures that those features last long after their practical uses are forgotten. After reading this scintillating book, home will never look quite the same again.
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The Meaning of Home was actually a really pleasant read. I didn't know what to expect, but the author was full of wit and charm, and made what could have been a very dull topic full of life and humor. This book simply takes a look at what various aspects of the house have meant over history, and what they mean - possibly - now. The author does admit that he is simply looking at Western views, as that is what he himself is familiar with, but he hopes that someone might do this from an Eastern point of view to compare the two. You may wish to have some form of internet handy when reading this book, as the author does reference many paintings and books that I've never heard of or seen, so being able to look at the painting that he is discussing in his book might help lend a hand at understanding some of his points. But at the same time, I didn't get too detracted by not taking the time to look up a painting during my read of this book. All in all, this book was a quick and pleasant read of what a house means to people in the Western world throughout history. I plan to keep this on my bookshelves, and will re-read it again in the future, with that internet handy this time around!