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Christopher Woodward is the director of the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath, England, where he lives.
"Graceful. . . . A brief, spacious and personal book of travels and meditation." -The New York Times "A grand tour. . . . Eclectic, learned." -The New York Times Book Review "Freshly provocative. . . . Meticulously well-observed and well-traveled. . . . A steady stream of ebullient erudition [and] an outpouring of melancholy grandeur." -Los Angeles Times Book Review "Nothing short of a masterpiece." -Literary Review "If the painstaking Simon Schama is memory's metaphysician, the late W. G. Sebald . . . is memory's poet and its conscience. . . . Among these giants, Woodward's elegant book has earned him an honored place." -The Atlanta Journal Constitution "Intriguing. . . . Woodward's enthusiasm for ruins is infectious. . . . . A fascinating tour." -San Francisco Chronicle "Brilliant, daring and evocative." -The Guardian "Absorbing. . . . Delightful. . . . Woodward does a terrific job of showing us the variety of ways artifacts have been interpreted and treated over the years. . . . In Woodward, [ruins] have an accomplished and eloquent spokesperson." -The Providence Journal "A handsomely written, constantly surprising meditation upon ruins . . . and the way they provide consolation in the face of so much human folly." -Daily News (New York) "An enchanting and informative voyage. . . . Fizzes with felicitous detail, anecdote, literary reference, and art history." -Evening Standard "Beautifully written. . . . Contains astonishing facts, interesting digressions, alluring illustrations and tantalizing references. . . . An entertaining, even an endearing work." -Winston-Salem Journal "Fetching. . . . Whimsical. . . . Woodward's enthusiasms are catching." -The New York Observer "A thought-provoking grand tour of familiar-and lesser-known-stops along the . . . archaeological trail." -Archaeology "Nothing less than a guided tour of the world's most celebrated ruins as well as a short history of the human intellect as it has contemplated these ruins." -The Tennessean "Rich, allusive, learned, delightful. . . . Not a breath of pretension emanates from this engaging, illuminating volume." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Masterful. . . . Well-illustrated. . . . Constantly entertaining." -The Times (Trenton, NJ) "A thoughtful book. . . . After reading it, no building will seem safe from time's depredations." -Conde Nast Traveller