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Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire: A Confidential Report Hardcover – 5 Feb 2009
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'An explosion of literary fireworks' -- Peter Ackroyd, The Times
'Few books become causes celebres before they are published. But Sinclair's is one' -- Guardian
'On his territory there's nobody to touch him' -- Sunday Times
'Sinclair at his best . . . One of the finest books about London in recent decades' -- Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
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If like me, you're looking to learn about the history of the borough and what it used to be, find something else.
I will reiterate what the other 1-2 star reviewers wrote.
Firstly the writing style. The book is incredibly hard to read with little connection between sentences. There are full stops everywhere and without any verbs it means most of the 'sentences' are actually statements. In addition, it also feels like each sentence has been run through a thesaurus to make it as confusing and pretentious as possible.
I have read books of this style before, however they took on a more whimsical tone and content which you could get involved with. Unfortunately I bought this book because I wanted to take away some knowledge and not for the 'experience' of reading it. I find that making your readers search for that information does not work.
Secondly the content. After the introduction of each chapter it then trails off into confusing storytelling with no real point. I'm sure this guy has had a great interesting life in Hackney, but I wanted more information about Hackney as the title suggests, rather than a random autobiography with a tidbits of Hackney in it.
Really not my cup of tea. On a positive, I'm sure those who can't get enough of a thesaurus and read for the words not the content would actually love it.
many "sentences" not containing a verb. This makes it very hard work attempting to glean
any sense from the narrative - especially with a considerable number of non-sequiturs giving
an overall staccato effect and consequent absence of empathy induced in the reader.
From 1972-1989 I lived in Hackney and so I was interested in gaining some insight into
changes occurring since my departure. This book did not fulfil that function, Clearly the
author has engaged with the subject matter but seems to have great difficulty with any
form of actual communication with this reader. Given the lavish praise in some of the
reviews, I can but imagine that the reviewers and the author live in a metropolitan silo
that has developed in isolation since my era of residence in the capital.
This is not a rural lambast. I consder myself a European and spend five months or so
each year in another EU country as well as time in South West England. There are
many good things waiting to be told about Hackney but this book is not the place at
which to expect to find them.
So perhaps a little too much filler and lack of focus for a book on such a relatively small area, but Sinclair still knows how to turn the dullest of anecdotes on its head with his exhilarating flair for prose. Enough to keep the fans happy, but one to be filed under "Memoir" rather than "History".