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Toilets of the World [Paperback]

Morna E. Gregory , Sian James

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Book Description

Oct. 1 2006
Powder room, comfort station, privy, loo, dunny...the infinite variety of names we invent for this universal necessity, the toilet, is matched by an extraordinary variety of designs worldwide, from miniature log cabins in the Canadian wilderness to state-of-the-art cubicles in Japan, and from huts on stilts in the Caribbean to solar-powered sanitary ware in New Zealand. This light-hearted but highly informative photographic journey reveals the idiosyncrasy and inventiveness that characterize the construction of the humble toilet around the globe. Along the way, the reader encounters every possible permutation, from the traditional English 'thunderbox' to the Swazi thatched 'beehive' hut, and discovers the fascinating cultural and historical differences that can make our travels to other countries so enjoyable.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers; First Trade Paper Edition edition (Oct. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185894337X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858943374
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #558,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderfully eye-opening tour of latrines - FINANCIAL TIMES Delight in a unique collection of some of the weirdest and most wonderful toilets from around the world in this great little book - Leave a copy in your bathroom, it's where all the best books are devoured - HOMES & INTERIORS SCOTLAND Yes - you guessed - it's the ultimate loo book - WORLD OF INTERIORS --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Morna E. Gregory is a freelance writer based in Vancouver, Canada. Sian James is a freelance photographer also based in Vancouver, Canada.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Before You 'Go'.... Jan. 3 2007
By Judy B. Pollack - Published on Amazon.com
Although the title (Toilets of the World) may not grab you, it is one of the more interesting little travel books I've seen in some time. The photos are terrific and the information is invaluable. If you are planning an overseas trip and want to experience the true local flavors, you should consult this book so as to avoid what could be some unpleasant culture shock before you get there. Remember the 'Seinfeld' episode where Geroge would not use a bathroom during the trip to India? This book will help you understand why he had a problem with that. This book also contains some terrific snapshots of worldwide culture that my high school students find fascinating - an impetus for them to take a closer look at the different areas of the world.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Toilet Book Jan. 9 2011
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Published on Amazon.com
I heard it once said that a useful rule of thumb in determining how clean is the kitchen of any particular restaurant is to check out its toilet. The reasoning goes that if the facility is particular about the condition of the "dirtiest" room, it will certainly maintain high standards for its kitchen. This makes sense to me, but not having entered many restaurant kitchens I am not sure how valid this assumption may be. I have, however, used many toilets in restaurants, hotels and other public places, and almost never have I come across two that are exactly alike. Most of them are nothing to write home about, many I have successfully purged out of my memory, but there have been a few that truly stick out. Entering an opulent toilet room in a luxurious Vegas or Hawaii resort can make you feel like you are actually staying there. Toilets are definitely not to be underestimated, and "Toilets of the World" brings some of the most fascinating ones to our attention.

The authors of this beautiful small book have taken pains to collect images of toilet from almost every corner of the World. The book contains images and descriptions of toilets from every continent and all sorts of settings - urban, rural, beachside, deep woods, high mountains, etc. The pictures of the toilets are as fascinating and intriguing as the ones found in any travel or architecture book. The short snippets or stories that accompany them are informative and educational. It is really interesting how much we can learn about culture or history of a given place by studying its toilets. For instance, the segregated South African toilet is an especially poignant reminder of the basic inhumanity of Apartheid. Making a distinction between human beings even when it came down to the most basic bodily functions is as clear of an indication of the fundamental perversion of that system as they come.

This is an entertaining and informative book that is very tastefully put together. It will provide you with a new appreciation for one of the least glamourous and yet most important of all rooms.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Knew? April 2 2007
By Traveling Lady - Published on Amazon.com
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This books is worth it for the pictures alone. It will bring back memories for anyone who has every encounterd a toilet that they just weren't sure how to use.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars toilets of the world March 13 2007
By Gordon E. Iversen - Published on Amazon.com
for anyone interested in architecture this gives a great overview of a much overlooked subject--the toilet. educational as well as humorous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating... March 31 2009
By Tammy C - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was purchased as a humorous gift for a family member, but I am seriously considering purchasing another copy for myself and displaying it prominently on my bookshelf. It is fascinating to me to see how other cultures differ from ours in this most basic function. The photos are great as well. I've never thought of toilets as artistic before, but this book may have changed my opinion.

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