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Book Title: Wo die Pyramiden stehen|
The author of the book: David Macaulay
Edition: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
Date of issue: May 1987
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Pyramid is another of David Macaulay’s popular children’s books published in the 1970s, all of which I think are still in print.
The books feature black and white drawings, occupying most of a page (sometimes spread over two pages) of the large format (12 ½" x p 3/8") hardbound books. Explanatory text is inserted in the margins. The text explains the drawings, and gives an overview of how people of the time were able, over long periods, to accomplish the engineering tasks needed to build the featured constructions.
This book tells of how a fictional pyramid would have been built in Egypt in the middle of the third millennium BC. The drawings depict, in addition to the main (Pharaoh's) pyramid, a smaller pyramid next to it (the Queen's) plus two separate temples built in the space between the Nile and the pyramids; the architectural plans of all the buildings, and the rather simple tools used to accomplish the work. The text explains the details of how these tasks were carried out, the order in which things were done, the auxiliary tasks which needed doing to support the main effort, etc.
A pyramid of this size (it is compared to the great Pyramid at Giza) was built using ramps (built with rubble held together with Nile mud) along all four sides of the pyramid. As courses of giant blocks rose from ground level, these ramps ran around and around the pyramid, providing separate paths which allowed the separate sides of the pyramid of receive the pre-sculpted blocks as the levels rose. Eventually, near the top, there was no room for all four ramps, two were abandoned - the two left allowed blocks to be moved up one ramp, and the transport sleds to be moved down the other.
Macaulay's books are very accessible to younger readers with an interest in history, engineering, or cultures of the past. They are also satisfying read for adults. The simple illustrations set the books apart from other non-fiction, and narrow in on their very narrow subject in a way that would be difficult to find at all in other books. They're also wonderful books to read to youngsters with an interest in historical things. This I know from experience.
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Read information about the authorDavid Macaulay, born in 1946, was eleven when his parents moved from England to Bloomfield, New Jersey. He found himself having to adjust from an idyllic English childhood to life in a fast paced American city. During this time he began to draw seriously, and after graduating from high school he enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). After spending his fifth year at RISD in Rome on the European Honors Program, he received a bachelor’s degree in architecture and vowed never to practice. After working as an interior designer, a junior high school teacher, and a teacher at RISD, Macaulay began to experiment with creating books. He published his first book, Cathedral, in 1973. Following in this tradition, Macaulay created other books—including City, Castle, Pyramid, Mill, Underground, Unbuilding, and Mosque—that have provided the explanations of the how and the why in a way that is both accessible and entertaining. From the pyramids of Egypt to the skyscrapers of New York City, the human race’s great architectural and engineering accomplishments have been demystified through Macaulay's elaborate show-and-tells. Five of these titles have been made into popular PBS television programs.
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