“Gijs van Hensbergen has written a terrifically stirring biography of Gaudí. The book vibrates with empathic power. Mr. van Hensbergen makes a strong case for Gaudí’s importance to contemporary architecture and urbanism. He also upholds the right of any perceptive writer to seek autobiographical meaning in artistic form. That search particularly suits the material at hand. If the book is not a substitute for a visit to Barcelona, it is still a gripping first-hand account of Gaudí’s power to melt the mind.”