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The Resource Home body, John Thorne ; illustrated by Russell Christian

Home body, John Thorne ; illustrated by Russell Christian

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Home body
Title
Home body
Statement of responsibility
John Thorne ; illustrated by Russell Christian
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Review
  • This curious amalgam by Thorne (Outlaw Cook) combines essays on the erotic symbolism of the keyhole, the doorknob and the chest of drawers with exceedingly personal views on the chair ("a strange simulacrum of a beast"), the electric light ("the essential element of [the modern house's] charm") and the mirror ("the eye of the soul"). Thorne mentions the various homes he has stayed in?from the large two-family house of his grandparents tohis small apartment in Manhattan's East Village?as the basis for his ruminations on such allied topics as the role of the fire escape in urban living and his hope of finding a bathroom that contains nothing more than a tub. Those who have concerned themselves with the mystique of the house will find Thorne a kindred spirit. The line drawings by Christian, whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, are a delight. (Aug.)
  • Precise reveries about the essential, overlooked domestic elements that shape our perception of a home. Thorne, who usually writes about food (Serious Pig, 1996; Outlaw Cook, 1992), brings the eye for specifics of a culinary writer to meditations on beds, closets ("A house lives in the space where we do not. . . . The cellar is its base, the attic the apex, and every closet a column: a temple of invisible, unlived-in space"), chests of drawers, stairs ("A stairway isn't merely a means of getting up and down. It's also a kind of doorway between floors, which is to say, between two competing realms of space"), windows, bathtubs, chairs, and stoves. Such celebrations of the everyday can quickly become precious. Thorne's don't because he displays a deft wit and a talent for basing his musings on autobiographical incidents. A modest charmer. (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 1997)
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Thorne, John
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Literary form
non fiction
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  • Anecdotes
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Label
Home body, John Thorne ; illustrated by Russell Christian
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
301993
Dimensions
17 cm
Edition
First Ecco edition.
Extent
111 pages
Isbn
9780880015141
Lccn
96005280
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780880015141
  • (Sirsi) ABN-9884
Label
Home body, John Thorne ; illustrated by Russell Christian
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
301993
Dimensions
17 cm
Edition
First Ecco edition.
Extent
111 pages
Isbn
9780880015141
Lccn
96005280
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780880015141
  • (Sirsi) ABN-9884

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