Instead, he finds the everyday sights of suburbia typical of any cityscape, contrasting with hispreconceived view of Barbados. De Botton highlights how most aspects of the landscape aremanmade through the repetition of “rubber”. Through the connotations in words like “fake”,“frayed”, “stray”, he emphasises how the landscape isn’t as what he anticipated it to be, implying asense of disappointment. These feelings of disappointment, however, are due to He then progresses to say that “actual experience where what we have come to see is alwaysdiluted in what we could see anywhere”.New understandings of landscape can also be obtained through the remembered landscapes.De Botton suggests the idea that memory is “an instrument of simplification and selection”.The mind naturally alters, emphasises and simplifies certain aspects to the memory, changing theremembered landscapes in subtle ways and hence, allows a new and different understanding.Landscapes can provide a sense of identity and belongingDe Botton and Amsterdam
De Botton feels a sense of identity and belonging within the urban landscape of Amsterdam. Notonly is he drawn to its cityscape because of its difference to that which he is accustomed to, hisvalues accord or agree with those perceived in the landscape. He values order and honesty, and he finds this in the architecture of the cityscape. This sense oforder and simplicity are suggested by the “straight streets”, “uniform apartment buildings” and“white room with white sheets” (p.76). De Botton also values the ideals of an open lifestyle, seenthrough his repetition of “curtainless” windows.
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