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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect to dip into
Like Peter Ackroyd, Iain Sinclair is fond of a non-linear approach to the history and geography of a city and this collection of essays snakes around the mystery of London in much the same way as Ackroyd's "London: A Biography".

Perhaps because this is a compilation rather than a work by a single author, it's been more easily accepted as a fascinating fund of...
Published on 20 Nov 2007 by C. O'Brien

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2.0 out of 5 stars City of Disappointments ; A wasted opportunity
An ambitious volume which brings up some real gems courtesy of Marina Warner, Anthony Frewin, Will Self, Bill Drummond but precious few others. I can't help feeling that Mr Sinclair should have given his contributors a tighter brief or at least been a bit more generous with the scissors in the final edit. Eventually the writings become more and more disparate until what...
Published on 12 Jun 2008 by G. J. Marsh


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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect to dip into, 20 Nov 2007
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C. O'Brien (Scotland, UK) - See all my reviews
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Like Peter Ackroyd, Iain Sinclair is fond of a non-linear approach to the history and geography of a city and this collection of essays snakes around the mystery of London in much the same way as Ackroyd's "London: A Biography".

Perhaps because this is a compilation rather than a work by a single author, it's been more easily accepted as a fascinating fund of anecdote and history which doesn't need to adopt a chronological approach. Intermittently thrilling - and perfect to dip in and out of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Metaphorical, 22 Dec 2013
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It very poetic. The way the book is tsructured reminds me of Honoré de Balzac's novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life... in this book the panorama is about English life in London in the past. I totally recommend it!
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17 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars City of Disappointments ; A wasted opportunity, 12 Jun 2008
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G. J. Marsh (England) - See all my reviews
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An ambitious volume which brings up some real gems courtesy of Marina Warner, Anthony Frewin, Will Self, Bill Drummond but precious few others. I can't help feeling that Mr Sinclair should have given his contributors a tighter brief or at least been a bit more generous with the scissors in the final edit. Eventually the writings become more and more disparate until what you get is an anthology of work all loosely connected to the capital in some way. Some of the entries (especially Sinclair's own ones) are genuinely baffling and the reader is given frustratingly little explanation to their appearance; if this is deliberate, it doesn't work.

If readers are looking for decent anthologies of London social history, myth and ephemera, there are other compendiums on the market that are far more worthwhile.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Big Disappointment, 18 Sep 2013
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Being interested in London I looked forward to what this book promised. The favourable reviews in some papers were, on reflection, no more than overblown hyperbole. I was so disappointed. Yes there are some interesting, even worthwhile, contributions but these are thin on the ground. Most of it was self indulgent and rather vacuous. Would not recommend.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Jobs for the boys, 22 Jan 2009
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IS creates an opportunity for some of his sycophantic cronies to cash in on his "name" hence the inclusion of at least one too many obscure and overblown unknowns
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