- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre; New Ed edition (18 Oct. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340766611
- ISBN-13: 978-0340766613
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.6 x 19.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Soho Paperback – 18 Oct 2001
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Quite easily the wittiest and best chronicler of contemporary life
His comic evocation of place and people and his humane descriptions of Soho's lowlife bring the present and the past effortlessly together. (Claire Allfree, Metro)
You stay gripped from the opening paragraph ... It crackles with insight about the nature of sexual obsession
Waterhouse uses Alex's saucer-eyed awareness of "So-oh's" otherness to take the reader on a wistful and gently amusing trawl through the area. Even episodes of sexual perversion and murder are recounted with a deft lightness of touch, though a metropolitan cynicism lurks on the peripheries of this entertaining farce. (Chris Power, The Times)
Keith Waterhouse's satire of London life is pin-sharp and teeming with gloriously reprehensible characters. He is one of Britain's finest journalists. SOHO is a timely reminder of how good a storyteller he is. (Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday)
He can be angrily oratorical, bluntly rude, soberly informative, boozily clownish, but cannot stop being very, very funny
A treat for sore brains
With its breakneck pacing and kinetic characters, SOHO captures the ever- morphing nature of the area.
highly entertaining. Rather like a night out in Soho.
A timely reminder of how good a storyteller he is. (Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday)
A tour de force from the creator of Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell and Billy Liar.See all Product Description
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He meets many lively characters and has several incidents. The story heats up as he takes away from the original aim of the visit and there turn out to be quite a few interesting sub-plots.
The final 100 pages or so were easy to read and I was gripped finding out what would happen to the bloke although there was always the suspicion that the original aim would come again as it did.
The story has several different themes involving an outsider moving to and visiting central London, how people deal with strangers and the search for long lost friends.