[ARC] Object Lessons: Souvenir and Rust

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Souvenir by Rolf Potts

In this volume belonging to the Object Lesson series, the author focuses on all the souvenirs, providing also a historical perspective about the first relics that religious pilgrims used to take home.

The short book faces the theme from the market point of view – souvenir kind and tourist requests – keeping into account also the industrial replicability and the tourist psychology, who wants both to keep memory of a travel or an experience, and something that reflects the location history (e.g. to confirm that exotic places are inhabited by savages).

I think Souvenir is one of the most interesting book of the series because of the way the topic was dealt with.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

Rust by Jean-Michel Rabaté

Rust is the exact opposite of Souvenir: as much the latter is concrete, the former is focused on a philosophical reflection that takes the rust as metaphor of other things.

The Object Lesson books are always aesthetically appealing, but their content is like a bet, there is no hint on how the author decided to deal with the topic. Unfortunately for Rust, I like better a more scientific and practical non fiction, with respect to the philosophical one.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* Souvenir by Rolf Potts ★★★★☆
* Rust
by Jean-Michel Rabaté ★☆☆☆☆

*I read this book in english

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