When I got this book, I was excited about the idea of using a Monocle guide to plan a trip. Monocle is so stylish, after all. I was sure they recommended all the right places.
Now that I am deep into my planning, I am cross-referencing the suggestions, and sure enough, they have provided good recommendations. But beyond the actual info, I am a little disappointed with the guide.
First of all, the book looks great but it's very homogenous on the inside. So at a glance, I can't tell if I'm on a page that's listing brunch places or food+drink places. Not a big deal, but could be better.
Second, the recommendations are all numbered, but I don't know what the numbers stand for. (Do they mean anything?) Also, some numbers are in yellow circles and some are in black circles. What do the colors refer to? I can't figure out if the ones in yellow circles reference photos on the page. It's confusing.
Additionally, underneath each recommendation is a short line describing the recommendation. Sometimes it's pretty straightforward, like "Waffle on" for a brunch place, but other times it's elusive, like "Head in the clouds." For me, these phrases are a bit too cutesy and take too much thought to interpret. Overall it's not a big deal, but I’m tired of repeatedly reading it with each description because I'm not trained to ignore it. I wish instead they had used this line to attach a dollar sign to the restaurants and shops since I'm having to look this stuff up anyway. Maybe they don't want to do this since it might make it apparent that they only recommend pricier options.
Right in the middle of the book are 10 essays to “get the measure of the City”. I think the idea is good, but every time I think I’m going to read one of the essays, I get bored a few paragraphs in and flip to a different section of the book.
Instead, what I wish they had included was a giant map of the city coupled with some recommended walks. As it is, there is one walk and no map. So I guess they never intended for this book to be a one-stop shop for someone planning a trip to Melbourne? I also think the writers/publisher never intended this to be a book that you take with you, referencing as you’re walking through town.
Overall, there is a good bit of info here (albeit, not everything I would have liked), but it takes a long time to sift through it, mostly because of the way it’s organized. I wish Monocle had thought more about the reader when creating their guide.
- Hardcover: 148 pages
- Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag; 1. edition (24 April 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3899559517
- ISBN-13: 978-3899559514
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)