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London: The Biography - Peter Ackroyd
London: The Biography
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“This magnificent evocation of all that London has meant down the centuries...I cannot begin to describe the richness with which Ackroyd pursues his theme...A blend of virtuosity and deep affection that is truly bewitching. Ackroyd has performed a noble public service in preserving in these pages... show more
“This magnificent evocation of all that London has meant down the centuries...I cannot begin to describe the richness with which Ackroyd pursues his theme...A blend of virtuosity and deep affection that is truly bewitching. Ackroyd has performed a noble public service in preserving in these pages so many centuries of marvels, and secrecies.”–Jan MorrisLondon: The Biography is the pinnacle of Peter Ackroyd’s brilliant obsession with the eponymous city. In this unusual and engaging work, Ackroyd brings the reader through time into the city whose institutions and idiosyncrasies have permeated much of his works of fiction and nonfiction. Peter Ackroyd sees London as a living, breathing organism, with its own laws of growth and change. Reveling in the city’s riches as well as its raucousness, the author traces thematically its growth from the time of the Druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Anecdotal, insightful, and wonderfully entertaining, London is animated by Ackroyd’s concern for the close relationship between the present and the past, as well as by what he describes as the peculiar “echoic” quality of London, whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.London confirms Ackroyd’s status as what one critic has called “our age’s greatest London imagination.”
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385497701 (0385497709)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Pages no: 832
Edition language: English
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Petter's Book Blog
Petter's Book Blog rated it
3.0
A rather good book if you are just looking for a "good read", but quite difficult to sift through if you want something to actually look for hard facts about London in. ( )
Batgrl: Bookish Hooha
Batgrl: Bookish Hooha rated it
0.0
Wow, this thing is massive! I got the hardback used, not realizing that I could use it to do weight lifting. So I was probably silly not to get the ebook (it was a cost thing). Still I can't wait to start this, as I've had a long love affair with the city. If I can finish this by December this is ju...
Pirlim Pem Pem
Pirlim Pem Pem rated it
5.0 Londyn. Biografia
Jestem absolutnie pod wrażeniem. Kawał dobrej roboty, którą czyta się momentami jak doskonałą powieść!
Pirlim Pem Pem
Pirlim Pem Pem rated it
5.0 Londyn. Biografia
Jestem absolutnie pod wrażeniem. Kawał dobrej roboty, którą czyta się momentami jak doskonałą powieść!
Pirlim Pem Pem
Pirlim Pem Pem rated it
5.0 Londyn. Biografia
Jestem absolutnie pod wrażeniem. Kawał dobrej roboty, którą czyta się momentami jak doskonałą powieść!
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