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Spectacular Vernacular: The Adobe Tradition by Jean-Louis Bourgeois

Completely expanded and with many more color photos, this is one of Whole Earth's top-of-the-line, coffee-table-spectaculars. Covering the grand adobe mosques, shrines, and decorated-wall homes of West Africa and parts of Asia, this tome exudes the care that only deep faith and spiritual joy can nurture. When I first wandered into Djenne (Mali) and saw its fluid adobe mosque rising (same color, same texture) from the earth, I felt the buzz of Chartres, and the wonderful dislocation of having the red earth yearn upwards in fingers into the cerulean Sahelian sky.

 

ISBN: 0893816728

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