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Ghastly Good Taste av John Betjeman
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Ghastly Good Taste (urspr publ 1933; utgåvan 1970)

av John Betjeman

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'My own interest started in seeking out what was old. When the guide told me that this was the bed in which Queen Elizabeth slept, I believed him. When owners of country cottages in Suffolk told me their cottage was a thousand years old, I believed them too. I thought that this or that church was the smallest in England, and that secret passages ran under ruined monasteries, so that monks could get to the nearest convent without being seen. The older anything was the lovelier I thought it.' Most famous for his poetry, John Betjeman was also passionate about architecture, 'preferring all centuries to my own'. In his first prose work, Ghastly Good Taste (1933), he vigorously defends his love of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, considered deeply unfashionable at the time. With the savage humour of his famous satire 'Slough', he attacks notions of Modernism and (at the other extreme) unthinking antiquarianism.… (mer)
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Titel:Ghastly Good Taste
Författare:John Betjeman
Info:Anthony Blond (1970), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 112 pages
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Ghastly good taste; or, A depressing story of the rise and fall of English architecture av John Betjeman (1933)

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This book is written for two reasons. Primarily to dissuade the average man from the belief that he knows nothing about architecture, and secondly to dissuade the average architect from continuing in his profession.
Whoever considers King's Cross Station today? Yet it is one of the finest buildings in the world. Two enormous brick arches filled with glass, divided by a plain tower with no superfluous decoration. The offices, blocks, and the crescent-shaped hotel form part of the same scheme, simple buildings with an appropriate veneer of classical decoration. And inside the station are those two great receding tunnels of glass, with their rhythmical pattern of iron girders and supports. Next door is St Pancras Station, with its fantastic Gothic hotel, before which Sir Gilbert Scott, the architect, is said to have exclaimed, "It is too beautiful!" Behind it is one of the largest roofs of a single span in the world. More beautiful though less daring than the hotel. The hotel reminds me of a pompous alderman with an enormous watch-chain, flaring tie and pearl tiepin masking a bosom in which beats a worthy heart.
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'My own interest started in seeking out what was old. When the guide told me that this was the bed in which Queen Elizabeth slept, I believed him. When owners of country cottages in Suffolk told me their cottage was a thousand years old, I believed them too. I thought that this or that church was the smallest in England, and that secret passages ran under ruined monasteries, so that monks could get to the nearest convent without being seen. The older anything was the lovelier I thought it.' Most famous for his poetry, John Betjeman was also passionate about architecture, 'preferring all centuries to my own'. In his first prose work, Ghastly Good Taste (1933), he vigorously defends his love of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, considered deeply unfashionable at the time. With the savage humour of his famous satire 'Slough', he attacks notions of Modernism and (at the other extreme) unthinking antiquarianism.

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