- Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Merrell Publishers Ltd; Auflage: 01 (23. Juli 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1858944996
- ISBN-13: 978-1858944999
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 14,6 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
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Toilets of the World (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. Juli 2009
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This is a wonderfully eye-opening tour of latrines - FINANCIAL TIMES Delight in a unique collection of some of the weirdest and most wonderful toilets from around the world in this great little book - Leave a copy in your bathroom, it's where all the best books are devoured - HOMES & INTERIORS SCOTLAND Yes - you guessed - it's the ultimate loo book - WORLD OF INTERIORS
Powder room, comfort station, privy, loo, dunny...the infinite variety of names we invent for this universal necessity, the toilet, is matched by an extraordinary variety of designs worldwide, from miniature log cabins in the Canadian wilderness to state-of-the-art cubicles in Japan, and from huts on stilts in the Caribbean to solar-powered sanitary ware in New Zealand. This light-hearted but highly informative photographic journey reveals the idiosyncrasy and inventiveness that characterize the construction of the humble toilet around the globe. Along the way, the reader encounters every possible permutation, from the traditional English 'thunderbox' to the Swazi thatched 'beehive' hut, and discovers the fascinating cultural and historical differences that can make our travels to other countries so enjoyable. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Ich würde unbedingt die englische Fassung wählen. Vor allem auch wegen des Covers. Das gibt Gesprächsstoff und man greift gern zum Buch. Fazit: perfekte, niveauvolle Klolektüre, die einem sogar das Tor zu Welt öffnet. Unsere Gäste waren immer begeistert und die Verweildauer auf dem stillen Örtchen ist häufig deutlich länger als wirklich erforderlich...
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Around the world there are many ways of dealing with bodily evacuations when one “has to go.” The authoresses present here how many cultures handle the matter. But very early in the book they give the reader a full paragraph of questions that beg to be answered: “Why do pigs clean toilets in India? Why are there entire fields of toilets in South Africa? Why are there toilets made of solid gold in Hong Kong? Why are there so many toilets on stilts in Panama? Why don’t the Turkish use toilet paper? Why do the French squat? Why do the Costa Ricans squat? Why don’t the Brazilians flush toilet paper? Why do Japanese toilets have eight buttons? Why do urinals pop up out of the ground in London? Why does the space suttle make ‘people patties’? The answers to these questions lie within….” Each geographic section has its own introduction.
This is an elegant presentation of a topic that has been taboo for centuries. Most of the color photos were taken by Sian James of Vancouver, British Columbia. Thus the greater percentage of the book illustrations may easily be attributed to her. The text is attributed to Morna E. Gregory, the co-author. There are no attributions for at least one—the black-and-white engraving seen on p. 9 showing the dumping of chamber pots onto the sidewalk/street below—which is actually an illustration from the medieval writing: 'PRAXIS RERUM CRIMINALIUM’ by Joose de Damhouder, (1554). There is one unattributed black-and-white antique ad on p. 11 (no date) that is most likely to be credited to the authority of Simon Kirby (p. 255).
The captions tell the reader where the photo was taken—and, hence, where the toilet was located. The book is divided up into sections beginning with a brief history, then on to toilets in North America, off to Central and South America, then the toilets of Europe, then of Africa, of Oceania, of Asia, ending with a brief section entitled “Find Out More” giving us a very brief list of books, of “reference websites” and then of “toilet websites.” One of the most enjoyable contributions was the whimsical section showing fantastically creative toilets (pp. 248-251) showing delightful toilets such as the urinal that springs to life laughing, holding a camera in one of its eight hands when a man stands in front only to discover that he must sway from side to side to keep up with the moving urinal to, as the text says, “…avoid soiling the floor.” They even show a urinal for women in the Whiskey Café in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (p. 24f). They illustrate both the squatting type as well as the one more familiar in the West. The photos run from the most primitive to the most ultra-modern.
This is a great book for an eye-opening look! Sit down for a spell and enjoy. Great job!
There are many unusual toilets in this book, but for my money, the toilets of Asia take the cake, especially the urinals in the Lemina Building in Tokyo, which electronically sense when a man approaches, then burst into music and move the urinal vigorously hoping the man can accurately track the target, all the while taunting him with disparaging remarks and engaging in flash photography. There is an equally frightening experience awaiting the women in the same building which results in a bad case of claustrophobia, and features not only a giant mechanical geisha kissing the unsuspecting victim on the knees, but also a light show, fake thunder, and a hideous androgynous mechanical freak appearing from a secret compartment with the toilet paper. I guess it beats a hole in the ground.
Five stars for making peristalsis an interesting cultural journey, a feat I had hardly imagined possible.
My copy of this book is placed just for fun; I put it on an easily broken chain (if anyone really wants it) in my guest bedgroom's bath. Inside the book I personally annotated certain toilets around the world that I visited personally (really), including one at the top of Peru (outhouse, basically), and some Asian toilets I remember (2 yrs. in Thailand). I loved every place I lived, not because of the toilets, but I remember them well. So, the irony, I dreaded using some of them at the time, but how fondly I look at the pictures now. What does that mean?
My, my. In short, this book is a book about toilets. Good pictures, primitive history, and rather fun if you are sitting on a toilet and don't have anything else to do while you wait to finish. It's too sparse, and only for fun. Other books tell much more about sewage and piping, and getting water to your house, and waste away from it, an interesting history of just two centuries.. Toilets, that is all this book tells; don't expect more. It's fun.
score! what was meant to be a silly gift is actually something I made an effort to get back, and looking through it more thoroughly, I found it to be really interesting, and I'm glad I snagged it!
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