Review: Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World
Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World by Simon Garfield
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Interesting multipurpose nonfiction, written for the reader who wants a lot of practicality and history with their science lesson. The book is very disjointed in its lay out, with the author jamming the contemporary ramifications of Parson's work in to the middle of chapters where they don't really belong. As stated in another review, it's as if Garfield wrote the book in the order of his note-taking, rather than rearranging them into a logical or at least sensible narrative. Still, his research not only into the why and the how of the creation of mauve, but also the where is a quick and nearly painless look at one of those things we take for granted but really did change the world when it was invented.
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