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Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin [Kindle Edition]

Karl Whitney
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Dublin is a city much visited and deeply mythologized. In Hidden City, Karl Whitney - who has been described by Gorse as 'Dublin's best psychogeographer since James Joyce' - explores the places the city's denizens and tourists easily overlook.



Whitney finds hidden places and untold stories in underground rivers of the Liberties, on the derelict sites once earmarked for skyscrapers in Ballsbridge, in the twenty Dublin homes once inhabited by Joyce, and on the beach at Loughshinny, where he watches raw sewage being pumped into the shallows of the Irish Sea.



Hidden City
shows us a Dublin - or a collection of Dublins - that we've never seen before, a city hiding in plain sight.



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Marvellous ... The author's eye for observation is second to none ... Hidden City is a necessary corrective to a heritage-influenced view of the past and present: for Whitney reminds us that all our environments are human - created for and maintained by us, for good and ill (Daily Telegraph)

Warm, charming, sharp and informative, this brilliant book is an indispensable guide to contemporary Dublin (Sunday Business Post)

This captivating urban tale has soul, scholarship and insights aplenty (Sunday Times)

Oh, how the capital has cried out for a book like this ... a fascinating travelogue that will make you look at Dublin with fresh eyes (Irish Independent)

Ingenious and affectionate ... It would be great then if the Americans and the Germans who come to Dublin in large numbers, and claim to love the city, had Whitney's book in hand rather than, say, Ulysses, or some official guide book (Colm Tóibín Guardian)

An inspired stroll (Image)

Whitney is not only a warm and savvy guide but an effortlessly enthusiastic one. Hidden City not only re-ignites our interest in the city's architecture but encourages us to reassess our relationship with buildings and districts we may have dismissed or overlooked (Metro Herald)

Whitney is clear-eyed and critical, but never cynical or ungenerous, and he has produced an idiosyncratic and surprisingly nostalgic homage to a sometimes filthy, always flawed, deeply lovable city (Irish Times)

A lovely blend of history, local colour, social and political commentary and personal memories (RTE Ten)

An inspirational book (Irish Examiner)

About the Author

A native of Dublin, Karl Whitney has published essays in the Dublin Review and the White Review, and journalism in the Guardian, Belfast Telegraph and Irish Times. He is a research associate at the UCD Humanities Institute. Hidden City is his first book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Ireland (4 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ISOYAUG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A native of Dublin, Karl Whitney has published essays in the Dublin Review, the White Review, and journalism in the Guardian, Belfast Telegraph and Irish Times. He is a research associate at the UCD Humanities Institute. Hidden City is his first book.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who loves Dublin 19 Sept. 2014
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This book (about the City of my birth) was by turn informative and informative. My childhood recollections were refreshed but the rape and pillage perpetrated by greedy developers and politicians made me want to weep. Like many ex-pat Irish I have visited Dublin for weddings and funerals but this book has given me a spur to go for a proper stay and to explore further. A 'deep' read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Written in a Grating Style 3 Dec. 2014
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This book is just so long-winded. If you're going to use the word Adventure in the title surely you have to avoid the ethereal tone and the slow pace used by the author. It's constant in the book and I've picked out one example more or less at random -

"While the girls were in there, the lads walked across a car park to the Lidl supermarket that stands to the east of the town square. I now crossed the car park, which was about half full, and entered the supermarket. In the aisle where freshly baked items were displayed, I picked out a salted pretzel and two triple-chocolate cookies, put them in a plastic bag and walked to the till."

Now it might be worth mentioning in a portrait of Tyrrelstown that there's a Lidl that sells pretzels - it's far from Lidl and pretzels that we were all raised etc. etc. Surely though "I crossed a half-full car park and bought a salted pretzel in Lidl" would have sufficed.
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first class in every respect
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Dec. 2014
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Perfect.
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