This lackluster valentine takes the reader on a tour of the architecture and interior design of Nantucket, Mass., homes, with 300 photographs, 200 of which are in color. The black-and-white pictures fail to illustrate the text adequately: they are captioned on occasion with descriptions of color, and their somber tone is at variance with Linsley's assertion that ``everything is light and airy.'' Often photographer and writer (a husband and wife who have produced 35 style books) seem to be at cross-purposes, as when a caption refers to a claw-footed bathtub not seen in the picture, or describes details barely visible. And the text reads like a provincial gossip column, seasoned with inane or inconsequential commentary: ``It's interesting that there's no shoemaker on Nantucket,'' or ``There's nothing more traditional in a Nantucket home than an arrangement of freshly cut flowers.'' Devotees of the island would do better to turn to Taylor Lewis and Virginia Heard's Nantucket (Nonfiction Forecasts, May 11). (July)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990 Release date: 01/01/1990 Genre: Nonfiction
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