Manton's book is out

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  1. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    Manton's book, "The Suit: A Machiavellian Approach to Men's Style" (by Nicholas Antongiavanni) is out. I picked up my copy at Borders and read a few pages over lunch. It looks very promising so far, and I was struck by how much Neopolitan clothing is really structured for shorter people!

    --Andre
     
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    all text or are there any photos/illustrations?
     
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    They told me at my local Barnes & Noble they'd be in tomorrow (Tuesday, May 23). I reserved one of the five copies they had on order. I think I'll wear my green blazer when I go to buy just because Manton doesn't like 'em![​IMG]
     
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    They told me at my local Barnes & Noble they'd be in tomorrow (Tuesday, May 23). I reserved one of the five copies they had on order. I think I'll wear my green blazer when I go to buy just because Manton doesn't like 'em![​IMG]

    You've been holding out on us. I had no idea that you were so good at golf! [​IMG]
     
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    Quickly flipping through the book, it's mostly text. There are whimsical cartoon illustrations at the beginning of each chapter.

    --Andre
     
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    Quickly flipping through the book, it's mostly text. There are whimsical cartoon illustrations at the beginning of each chapter.

    --Andre


    that's too bad. I'm sure the text is fantastic and full of great info, but a book about suits/clothes without a plethora of pics is like having the lyric sheet but not the record. sort of.
     
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    that's too bad. I'm sure the text is fantastic and full of great info, but a book about suits/clothes without a plethora of pics is like having the lyric sheet but not the record. sort of.

    Doesn't that depend on how good the writing is? I haven't read it so don't know, but literature is full of books describing visual subjects without the aid of pictures. Good writing draws a better picture, in fact.
     
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    And many good writers see pictures as something like an affront to their work, as if the words by themselves would suffice.
     
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    that's too bad. I'm sure the text is fantastic and full of great info, but a book about suits/clothes without a plethora of pics is like having the lyric sheet but not the record. sort of.

    I would agree with that
     
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    And many good writers see pictures as something like an affront to their work, as if the words by themselves would suffice.

    I don't think that was Manton's case though. If I remember correctly, he actually wanted to include many illustrations but his publisher did not allow that. Probably because of the additional cost?
     
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    Manton said himself he would have preferred full colour illustrations.

    EDIT: Ah, okay, gdl203 said it seconds before I did.
     
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    I don't think that was Manton's case though. If I remember correctly, he actually wanted to include many illustrations but his publisher did not allow that. Probably because of the additional cost?

    Ah yes, I remember that. It is very very expensive to include color illustrations and b&w pictures on plain stock often look muddy. Even with drawings, someone has to pay the artist....
     
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    Just received an e-mail from Amazon that my copy has shipped.

    They predict I will have it on Thursday.
     
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    Woohoo, mine just shipped from Amazon. I wonder if Manton already has the illustrations that would have gone with the book, he could maybe put them up on a website somewhere [​IMG]
     
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    I read it all. It's very, very good, even though it gets a bit wordy here and there (but since he was imitating Machiavelli I suppose that was the point.) If Dressing the Man is your Style 101 then consider The Suit to be Style 400.

    The book does a wonderful job describing the proper dandy. There are some self-styled "dandies" out there who would do very well to read this book and correct their misguided attempts at elegance.

    Oh, and there's a part about black suits. [​IMG]
     

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