And you thought you knew everything about the DS? In this book Pierre Jammes tells us the unheard and fascinating stories of the mythical Citroën DS in Asia
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And you thought you knew everything about the DS? In this book Pierre Jammes tells us the unheard and fascinating stories of the mythical Citroën DS in Asia. He has scooped archives, searched through secret collections and most importantly, he has let their owners do the talking. Although many books have already been published about the Citroën DS in several languages, none has ever been written on this particular topic. That makes this book a must for every Citroën enthusiast.
Author Pierre Jammes is a Frenchman based in Asia, where he drives a Citroën DS. As a hobby, he has gathered together a unique collection of material about the DS in Asia over the last ten years. Olivier de Serres, a prominent Citroën DS specialist and author, wrote the foreword of this book. The book is bilingual: the text is in English and French.
|Date de parution||November 2017|
|Format||24 x 22 cm|
|Illustration||Many colour and BW photos|
|Nombre de page||252|
Bel ouvrage bien documenté a un prix raisonnable.
De nombreuses belles photos inédites de la DS avec d'autres bâtiments que la tour Eiffel en arrière-plan (ceci n'est pas un jugement sur la tour Eiffel qui demeure évidemment emblématique et impressionnante).
Excellent documentary on a little-known topic regarding the mythical DS
Mr. James did an amazing job collecting such a vast amount of information and documents — not to mention interviews — spanning all the Asian countries where DS have been encountered.
That alone deserves a round of applause. Most interesting is that he gives life to the cars by introducing their owners and asking from all of them the 'why?' question. For most of them this is nothing short of a story about love and passion, because, as we can only imagine, to maintain these sometimes finicky Gallic automobiles is something of a feat in itself. Well-written and put together this is a must-have book for any Citroen enthusiast.
My only slightly negative observation was regarding the choice of British English words which was a bit disconcerting and sometimes not consistent, such as "ashtray wings" to describe a type of fender that had grills, a direct translation of the French "ailes cendriers", yet no American I know knows these grills, or vents, as "ashtrays". And there is also "reversing lights" instead of back-up lights, "meters" instead of gauges, but the American "hood" is used in one passage instead of "bonnet" which would have kept the text consistently UK English. But, one will say, these are unimportant details and I'll confess that these comments come from a former English university lector.
The bottom line is that I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this mythical automobile and the history of Citroen in Asia.