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Our Days Are Like Full Years by Harriet Pattison

Our Days Are Like Full Years

A Memoir with Letters from Louis Kahn

Harriet Pattison

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Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 2 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9780300223125

This book weaves together Pattison's own story with letters, postcards, telegrams, drawings, and photographs that reveal Kahn's inner life and his architectural thought process, including new insight into some of his greatest works, both built and unbuilt. What emerges is at once a poignant love story and a vivid portrait of a young woman striving to raise a family while forging an artistic path in the shadow of her famous partner.

4 stars out of 5
10 Nov 2020

"...moving and heroic"

Yet Our Days Are Like full Years is not a bitter or angry book. It is a memoir of their times together, moving and heroic (on her part) as well as troubling, built around the letters he sent to her, which she has kept in a Chinese cinnabar box ever since he died in 1974. Their relationship lasted 15 years – “a small portion of time in most lives, and yet measureless in intensity and effect in ours”. Like much of her life, she says, the letters “were unexamined, put off for a later time. But it is a later time now, for I am past 90.”