Perfect Architect by Jayne Joso (2011-10-27)

Book Perfect Architect by Jayne Joso (2011-10-27)

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- By: Jayne Joso(Author)
- Language: Unknown
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:Unknown
- Publisher: Alcemi (1625)
- Bestsellers rank: 6
- Category: Other books
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  • By J. compton on November 8, 2011

    I found "Perfect Architect" one of the worst books I have suffered through insome time. From early on, I stopped reading and just sketched through it determined to finish and hopethat it improved somewhere along the line. I felt obligated to at least finish a book I had spentgood money for. It would have been wiser, however, to just have dropped it and left itunread. The author Jayne Joso is either obsessed with sex or assumes the readeris and so she is determined to phrase all action with sexual overtones. A series of lettersback and forth between Gaia and her older friend Selene are filled with future romanticand sexual plans. I bought this book because a reviewer of Julian Barnes' "The Sense of an Ending"(Booker prize winner 2011) remarked on it. In Barnes the characters have depth andthe plot forms a subtle relationship between them. In Joso, characters are shallowand the plot is ho-hum. This book is best placed in the "romance section". I can't help but think the 5-star reviews of this book are directed to a differentbook than the one I read.

  • By B. Lane on May 3, 2014

    This story of grief was fine, but the grieving character never developed into a personality. She remained too distant to sympathize with, and the catch of the architect contest was too underdeveloped to present any stakes. The letter-writing felt gimmicky.

  • By mcditter on July 24, 2011

    This novel is a highly sophisticated approach to the form of the novel as well as being a compelling narrative in its own right, for me it stakes Joso's place as a novelist to watch out for. I loved this book.The book opens with a series of letters between the main protagonist and another woman, and this sets up a brilliant set of misunderstandings and leads the main character along a pathway to becoming architect of her own life - arguably for the first time; so it is a liberating experience that the reader follows. There is a huge amount of humor woven into this book, I for one, am not given to laughing out loud very easily, but found this hilarious in parts, and this again is a reflection on the author's skill at balancing the sadder elements of grief and loss with a humor that lightens the load. The novel mixes genres in a clever and playful way, and in this sense is arguably quite avant-garde, drawing on the construction even of film at times. Perfect Architect is, at the same time, totally accessible, in many ways a fast and joyous read that anyone who has ever thought about what might be their ideal dwelling, may enjoy.

  • By Anne Janowitz on July 20, 2011

    I recently read Jayne Joso's joyous novel about the architecture of the human heart. A beguiling and layered story that weaves together hearts and houses in order to turn what begins as a set of suspicions and setbacks into the affirmation of knowledge and love. Four architects are given a chance to design a new house for Gaia, the grieving widow of Charles, an internationally known architect himself. Coincidences and misunderstandings are resolved in unusual and moving ways, and in the end, I was moved to weep and laugh at the same time. I recommend this novel to anyone interested in contemporary architecture and to anyone who needs reminding that the human comedy sometimes is really funny.

  • By G. D. Flaherty on August 19, 2011

    This book is a rare gem. It's like a fabulously constructed opera, shifting between the intimate letters between two women and the incredible and eccentric lives of the architects themselves; it's filled with humor, and there's plenty to love - whether that's the characters, their lives and influences, the houses they go on to design, or the careful structure of this clever book. It's also hilarious in parts, I mean 'laugh out loud'. If you've ever sat down and wondered what your ideal "home" would be, physical or metaphysical, I would say, this is for you.


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