Thursday, May 10, 2012

Architecture in fiction

"Around a turn was Rojack's house. It was one of those places that an architect had been given a free hand with, and too much money. He had decided that he could make a totally postmodern statement without violating the traditional forms implicit in the setting. The place looked like it had been designed by Georges Braque while drunk. It was slabs and angles and cubes and slants in fieldstone and brick and glass and timber, and it flaunted itself against the pastured landscape in self-satisfied excess. ... Beyond the horses [in the pasture] ... was a barn, newly built, that mimicked the old barns of New England the way fashion mimics clothing."

From Stardust by Robert Parker

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