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Before From Hell...,
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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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Initial post: 27 Dec 2013 19:27:04 GMT
L. Camidge says:
I have read this book three or four times now - with fascination, enjoyment even, but very limited comprehension. As I only know 'From Hell' in the film version, have not yet read 'Study in Scarlet' and know very little about "Ripper mythology and the East End" (and live hundreds of miles from London), your review has come as a profound relief. I may not - after all - be the most stupid person on the planet. There may be a more innocent explanation.
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