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Soho Paperback – 18 Oct 2001

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Product details

  • 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)

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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)

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A tour de force from the creator of Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell and Billy Liar.

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Format: Hardcover
It may well be that, for someone who is reading a novel by Keith Waterhouse for the first time, they will find this book to be an enjoyable read, written in a light comedy vein. However, I found it quite superficial in comparison to some of his other books. For example, "Bimbo" being one of the funniest satires on the tabloid press and "how to get on in life by just being glamourous!" I have ever read and "Our Song" - a moving account of how destructive love can be when it becomes an obsession. Even "Sweet Charity" - which is lighter in tone, I felt had characters who were more sharply defined experiencing believable humourous situations. Therefore I did find "Soho" disappointing - for instance scenes of the body of the man who died at the beginning of the book being carried around from pub to pub seemed so bizarre and the only reason I could find for the "hero" meeting up with the same people all the time was to demonstrate Soho as a tightly knit community. I felt sorry that this book was not for me - it lacked depth but didn't make me laugh enough to compensate for this.
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Format: Paperback
Soho takes quite a while to get going and I found difficult to read in the first ten pages or so as a young bloke from Leeds goes searching for his long lost girlfriend in Soho and ends up travelling through innumerable pubs in his search.
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.
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By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2002
Format: Hardcover
..never read another Waterhouse novel, but I must say that if this is mediocre compared to the rest, then roll on the rest. With one minor quibble I thought this was one of the funniest books I've read in a long time and the growing parade of characters with their frequent reappearances just added to the hilarity. I especially loved the corpse's progress as he is taken from one pub to another ("It's what he would have wanted") and the frequency with which all the characters are banned from said pubs. My only quibble was the murder, which I thought sounded a wrong note, but otherwise I can not wait to read more Waterhouse.
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