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Summary

From the award-winning author of Wrestling with Moses comes a fascinating, accessible biography of the most important architect of the 20th century. Modern Man is a riveting biography of Le Corbusier - a man who invented new ways of building and thinking. Modern Man is a penetrating psychological portrait of a true genius and constant self-inventor, as well as a sweeping tale filled with exotic locales, sex, and celebrity (he was a lover of Josephine Baker), and high-stakes projects. In Flint's telling, Corbusier isn't just the grandfather of modern architecture but a man who sought to remake the world according to his vision, dispelling the Victorian style and replacing it with something never seen before. His legacy remains controversial today, as the world grapples with how to house its skyrocketing urban population and the cult of the "starchitect" continues to grow.

Modern Man is for listeners fascinated by the complex personal lives and outsized visions of both groundbreaking artists and dazzling, charismatic innovators like Steve Jobs.

©2014 Anthony Flint (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Alex
  • Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • 19-03-15

Illuminating

I knew nothing about the man himself and this was an awesome introduction, the narrator was a bit tiresome at times but the pace was quiet jaunty so didn't get overly bogged down by that.

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  • Greg Manley
  • 28-04-15

Excellent Bio

Very well written and comprehensive. As an Architect I learned a lot about one of the icons of the 20th Century. Only criticism is the chapter dedicated to Kanye West - how anyone can compare West to Corbu is beyond me. Quite insulting to the design profession. Le Corbusier invented himself. Kanye a West is a product - nothing more.

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  • Irene
  • 09-02-17

Surely you could have found a bilingual narrator

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On the whole the story was compelling although the jumps through time, 1920s one minute and 1950s next was a bit disturbing for an audio book. Probably OK if you are reading it as you can flip back and forward to check where you are.
BUT THE NARRATION! The book is chock full of French names, and Mel Foster's French accent was AWFUL! I have enough French to have shuddered through the narration, even shouting out loud from time to time . Totally ruined the book. What were Brilliance Audio thinking?

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  • Susan
  • 20-01-15

Awesome!!!

This book is great! I learned so much about Le Corbusier and modern architecture. The story is fascinating and I would recommend for anyone who enjoys learning a bit of history. The story is told in a way that keeps you interested, not at all dry or boring.

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  • Aline Herrnstadt
  • 14-12-15

Excellent

A modern and comprehensive biography. A clear examination of a very complex man. Easy to follow

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