Ok, so I admit it - I went into reading this book thinking "Oh, it's just an art book." Well, 'Dalí' is so much more than that.
Dawn Ades has created a book that provides not only a biographical outlook on Dalí's professional life, but has also provided a psychological insight into his motivations, passions and influences.
Sociological influences were also highlighted within the book emphasising the prevalence of these on Dalí's thought processes in relation to his masterpieces.
There were frequent occasions within this book where the internal workings and occasional conflict of the Surrealist movement were brought to the readers attention - especially with the disagreements between Dalí and André Breton (the movements founder).
Throughout the book I kept thinking, "Gosh, I never knew that", which shows that this added tremendously to my knowledge around Dalí and his work.
Ades' writing style was easy to read and digest and where there were in-depth psychological, scientific or artistic terminology used this was carefully and skillfully explained and laid-out.
My reasoning behind awarding a whopping five out of five stars for this book is because it has everything anybody needs to know about Salvador Dalí and his creative works - and so much more.
I would highly recommend this book to any creative, artistic or Dalí enthusiast - check it out now...