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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; Reissue edition (7 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862075050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862075054
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,626,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sinclair's dark, psychogeographical exhumations of London scribe a semi-mythical underbelly of malcontents, manic bibliophiles and losers. Subterranean pubs and their snugs, hospitals and their labyrinths, all those who lose their way in a metropolis--Sinclair's subject is situated lives. How is a city separate from the people who make up its noise, its madness, its lies and its past? This is a harsh poetry. As a novelist Sinclair marks out a unique space. He understands place as a way time positions its memory of itself in the bricks and bridges of where we drink and fight. He shows how history's narrative saturates the present with awful resonances. London has a degraded beauty in each ancient street, each crime, each failure. Sinclair's impressionistic, dense wordcraft, often difficult, arcane, is lambent with regard to the spectral dusk of every city's shadows. White Chappell Scarlet Tracings is a paean to worlds we all do best skirting.-- Mark Thwaite --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Iain Sinclair's books include DOWNRIVER (James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award), LIGHTS OUT FOR THE TERRITORY and LONDON ORBITAL. He lives in Hackney, East London. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Chandler on 7 Jun. 2012
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This is by no means an easy, casual read. It is a fragmentary, thought provoking experiment in psychogeography. Iain Sinclair weaves past into present and teases out interesting connections between the East End of London, literature, and the Ripper myth. Using Stephen Knight's 'Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution' as a springboard, Sinclair teases out links between disparate obsessions that are not immediately obvious. Fans of 'From Hell' will recognise several elements that inspired Alan Moore's work - the Hawksmoor churches, Hinton's 'Fourth Dimension.' The notorious Whitechapel murders of 1888 are entwined with events of the 1980s and a book collector obsessed with collecting different versions of 'A Study in Scarlet.' It is a satisfying read for anyone already well versed in Ripper mythology and the East End.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valeria Vago on 10 April 2014
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I wrote my final essay on it! Great story! If you want to get a clue about the true story of Jack the Ripper...
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11 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Mar. 2000
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Iain Sinclair has, once again, taken me on a journey into my past. I am always left feeling as though I have been reminded of a forgotten secret, that Sinclair was stood one step behind me throughout my youth in east London.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Dirty and dangerous 31 Aug. 2001
By flying-monkey - Published on Amazon.com
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Iain Sinclair knows the mythical paths of London like no-one else. In poetic often painfully intense prose, he conjures up the half-dead spirits that stalk the streets of this seedy town. The landscape is dominated by dodgy second-hand book dealers skulking in the shadows obsessed by the Ripper murders, and by the vicious presence of Jack himself, the embodiement of powerful evil forces embedded in the fabric of the city. If you only ever read one novel about Jack the Ripper, or never wanted to read one, White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings is a must. A warning though: it is not for the faint-hearted.
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WUI - writing under the .... 26 Mar. 2009
By Dick Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I am going to keep reading Sinclair (and Haruki Murakami) until I understand one book they have written. I didn't get there with this one.

Sinclair can write some amazing sentences. He can also write some that make sense. He just never combines the two skills.

Since there is virtually no description of this book above, take the time to use the "Look Inside" feature and read the back cover. You won't learn a lot, but it will make you think you have.

To get a feel for Sinclair, think Pynchon - but lacking in clarity.
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