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This amusing but highly informative photographic journey reveals the idiosyncrasy and inventiveness that characterize the construction of the humble toilet around the globe....

Title : Toilets of the World
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ISBN : 9781858943374
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Toilets of the World Reviews

  • Melki
    2019-05-08 14:38

    Yes, indeedly-doo, there is a definite snerk-factor to this book. Potty stuff makes us giggle, pure and simple, and yet, taking a look at the structures we use for relieving ourselves can tell us as much about a society as a study of eating and mating habits. Here's a fascinating look at a variety of toilets, from a simple hole in the ground to a solid-gold commode. There are hundreds of color photos, but there is also interesting commentary on the whys and occasionally the hows of each fixture.Here are some of the book's highlights:On weekends, these urinals rise out of the street to comfort happy pub-goers in London.The toilet of the International Space Station. A simple squat toilet in Kilimanjaro.Say "Hello" to these little friends in Turkey.And finally, a visit to Tokyo will prove to be an unforgettable experience:This guy talks, and will point out your "shortcomings" as you attempt to pee.Ladies, they haven't forgotten you:Have a seat! Then the giant head will move forward until she's touching your knees. If that doesn't scare the, um . . . beejesus out of you, nothing will.I highly recommend this for the curious reader looking for something a bit unusual. "Life is like a sewer - what you get out of it depends on what you put into it."Tom Lehrer

  • Ann
    2019-05-13 16:43

    Have you ever wondered what toilets look like in other countries? Here is a guide like no other.From a thatched palm leave toilet on stilts in Panama which drains directly into the sea to a "pee tree" in an Alberta, Canada campsite to the pair of 24-carat solid gold toilets in a Hong Kong store, this book brings them all to you.I have experienced firsthand what some of these toilets look like. I can tell you the one in Barcelona with the caves in Park Gueil is exactly the way it is pictured in this book with purple flowers hanging from the entrance. The strangest experience will have to be the German toilets that really do clean themselves with an automatic sponge and a rotating toilet seat. And the squat pots are not worth picturing in China and India, believe me. Check out the cute, purple kangaroo toilet and a turquoise smiling bear urinal in Turkey.

  • AnandaTashie
    2019-05-12 18:54

    Brought great amusement to the whole family. :D

  • Child960801
    2019-05-16 20:39

    Entertaining and educational. Made me glad for my toilet, which is something I don't always say.

  • Matimate
    2019-05-03 18:01

    Being good and art aware girl I went to my friend's place who shares passion for art and instead of idle chitchat I went straight to the bathroom and had very good time there with a book. Tell me, have you ever been curious about the simple place of daily interest for example in Zimbabwe? Or is there any difference between yours and Japan's meditation place? The book gives you all answers you were craving for and were to shy to ask. It is the history of the white god in front of every alcoholic after the big drinking party kneel. However it is very hard to do in some countries, because toilets are not all the same around the world. Have a good time and find out for what use is L'urinette.

  • Jamie Collins
    2019-04-25 19:55

    The writing isn't always brilliant, but there are some interesting pictures. It's just for fun, the book doesn't attempt to be comprehensive or try to actually represent the average state of sanitation in any particular place.For a more serious discussion of worldwide sanitation, I recommend The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters.

  • Heidi
    2019-04-28 16:41

    A little bit of history, a whole lot of fun! Color photos and descriptions of the (sometimes) porcelain pots are arranged geographically, generally by continent. From a thatched palm leave toilet on stilts in Panama which drains directly into the sea to a "pee tree" in an Alberta, Canada campsite to the pair of 24-carat solid gold toilets in a Hong Kong store, this book brings them all to you. Check out the kiddie loos from Izmir, Turkey on pages 214-215: a cute, purple kangaroo toilet and a turquoise smiling bear urinal. A delightful book!

  • Elaine Meszaros
    2019-05-02 14:55

    A thoroughly enjoyable photo essay collection of toilets of the world. From a hole in the sand in the middle of a vast desert, a tree marked "p" on a hiking trail, to an ultra-modernist egg shaped pods at a London club, the world takes potty breaks in a remarkable number of ways. And for those of you familiar with the Kohler Art Museum, you may smugly point out toilets you have personally visited... in one way or another.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-12 20:41

    best book ever!!!!!!! You have to get this book. I know it looks stupid as it is about toilets, but its really fun and neat and gross to see what other people "go" on. It also gives you surprisingly good insight to the country the toilet is at and what they think of customs in relations to a bodily function. Also, I'm not so freaked out about going in public now. it's just really neat and fun, get this book!!!

  • Sharon Malcolm
    2019-05-06 13:43

    Absolutely fascinating stuff. Someone has actually gone around the world and photographed and researched all the different types of toilets in the world, from squatty potties, suspended loos over water, street pissoirs to toilets made of gold, with a bit of historical and cultural relevance thrown in. And I know a good place to read it.

  • Harle
    2019-05-16 18:36

    I started this book not knowing quite what to expect, but I got a lot more information than I thought possible! From high-tech Japanese toilets to rustic outhouses with mannequins inside, this book taught me more then I ever wanted to know about the porcelain throne. Just be grateful we don't live in the middle east.

  • Tessa
    2019-05-15 21:48

    This book is both educational and entertaining. It is a collection of photographs of toilets (or what passes as a toilet) from all over the world. There are classy ones, weird ones, terrifying ones, and ones that I would rather go on the street than use. Check it out if you get the chance.

  • Ubalstecha
    2019-05-20 15:35

    Got this because I thought it would be a cute, fun, silly read. Sadly it was lacking. Sure there are the crazy toilets, like the ones with giant heads in Japan that move towards you, but a lot of this book is simply tin shacks and dirt huts in the middle of nowhere.Skip it.

  • Harvey
    2019-04-20 20:01

    - beautifully illustrated book about toilets- their history- an explanation of worldwide styles and designs- from no-tech, to low-tech, to very high-tech- an odd subject, I suppose, but I have used toilets in 32 countries and have been exposed (HA!) to a wide range of styles and designs

  • Dani Lane
    2019-05-03 20:32

    I can't think of a better bathroom book! It's both horrifying and delightful. Some of the toilets are the stuff of my worst stress dreams and yet, yep, I do want to go to Japan and experience the wild toilets.

  • Michelle Young
    2019-04-26 14:46

    The book I've been waiting for! I love seeing diverse bathrooms from around the world. A clean bathroom is so important, and an innovative toilet is very cool. My favorite one was in Germany, which was like the one in this book that has a plastic cover and cleansing agent.

  • John
    2019-04-26 16:32

    The things one finds on the New books shelf!This coffee-table genre book (if your coffee table resembles an airline meal tray in size) made for fun reading. It is weren't quite so bulky, I'd deem it perfect for carrying about for waiting rooms and other downtime periods.

  • Toby
    2019-05-10 21:56

    What a delightful book. As expected, some of the toilets in Japan are almost beyond comprehension. I must go to Japan.

  • Kitty Tomlinson
    2019-04-22 16:41

    Informative guide to the toilets of the world. Very interesting. We all assume that bathrooms would be the same worldwide. Go figure.

  • Catalina
    2019-05-19 18:54

    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooh yeah

  • Salena
    2019-05-17 14:52

    One of my favorite books about bathrooms. Great combination of pictures and text.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-15 16:02

    The second best book near our toilet.

  • Joy Kirr
    2019-05-07 20:01

    I loved it. It really makes you wonder, though, about where everything goes... Would be great to start awareness of how much we waste!

  • Jamie
    2019-04-21 19:49

    Drôle pendant 5 minutes. Même pas un photo d'une toilette des pays arabes...

  • Shelia
    2019-04-24 16:46

    There are some very interesting toilets out there!

  • Deborah
    2019-04-28 18:58

    Photos and information about different kinds of toilets all over the world. It's really pretty interesting.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-11 19:54

    Definitely learned a few things. Even if it is slow going- read this through to the end- there is a "grand finale."

  • Daniel
    2019-05-15 16:33

    Interesting and eye-opening collection of various toilets around the world!

  • Chris
    2019-05-14 19:48

    I got this for my husband as a stocking stuffer, and it turned out to be great bathroom reading. Very interesting and unusual facilities out there!

  • Denise
    2019-05-11 15:50

    Fascinating, informative, and a bit frightening.