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The View from the Train: Cities and Other Landscapes Paperback – 14 Jul 2014

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; Reprint edition (14 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781687765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781687765
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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“Patrick Keiller’s films (including London and Robinson in Space) are some of the most beautiful and evocative images of contemporary urban environments we have; in this collection of lucid and eloquent essays he shows us the theoretical rigour that lies behind his practice. Essential reading for urbanists, cineastes, psychogeographers – and indeed anyone who either lives in cities, or cares about them; so: everyone.”
– Will Self

“Keiller is Britain’s most observant and provocative film-maker around the subject of cities and the landscape. In these wonderful essays, he explores the political and cultural forces behind how the UK looks.”
– Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times Books of the Year

“An enigmatic, intermittently brilliant collection of essays about the built landscape of Britain and how it has changed in the last thirty years.”
– Andy Beckett, Guardian

“Perceptive, educated, un-obvious musings on place and inhabitation.”
– Rowan Moore, Observer Books of the Year

“Our most original geographical and political thinker.”
– Owen Hatherley, author of A New Kind of Bleak

“The View from the Train often delights with its sly, impish wit and observation.”
– Ian Thomson, Independent

“An essayist of stylish rigour.”
– Brian Dillon, author of In the Dark Room

About the Author

Patrick Keiller's films include the celebrated London (1994), Robinson in Space (1997), The Dilapidated Dwelling (2000), and Robinson in Ruins (2010). He has devised large-scale installations including Londres, Bombay (Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, 2006) and The Robinson Institute (Tate Britain, London, 2012), the latter accompanied by a book The Possibility of Life's Survival on the Planet. He was a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art, London (200211), and has taught in schools of art and architecture since 1974.


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By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 April 2017
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Patrick Keiller is perhaps best known as the director of Robinson in Ruins and Robinson in Space, and occupies a similar territory of urban contemplation as authors Owen Hatherley, and Iain Sinclair.

This is a selection of essays, and is something of a mixed bag. I thought that some were really excellent, such as those on ports or Cedric Price, which easily justified the purchase price for me. However there was a degree of repetition, and at times it felt like you were reading a slightly obsessive phd dissertation on Walter Benjamin.

Overall an enjoyable and illuminating read, though a dry at points.
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Film-maker, artist, theorist, psychogeographer (an intellectual strategy he was practising long before the broadsheets cottoned on to it) and all-round polymath (hmm, isn't that a tautology?), Patrick Keiller is much-loved in our house. His films (such as Robinson in Ruins) repay repeated viewings, reminding one variously of Peter Greenaway, Chris Marker, Laurence Sterne, Walter Benjamin and Jorge Luis Borges.
I admire the combination of erudition and eccentricity and a very English Surrealism (with one eye firmly fixed on the Continent). His work is also, this must be stressed, very funny, with often unexpected juxtapositions, insights and cultural references piling up to brilliant and mad effect.
The good news is that those facets of his work are all present and correct this wonderful collection of his writings from the last few decades. Taking in cinema, architecture, Surrealism, time, space and just about everything else, it adds up to a fascinating glimpse into Keiller's mind - arch, witty and very cultured.
London and Robinson in Space [DVD]Robinson in Ruins [DVD & Blu-ray]The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Oxford World's Classics)The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 1 [1969] [DVD]
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A brilliant book, easy to read and informative. Keillers style can make the most mundane of subjects fascinating, a unique voice.
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This was potentially interesting and bought on the basis of a Radio 4 Start the Week's shopping puff. The discussion was stimulating. as for the book, it should really be properly edited (who does that nowadays? the author of course..) and sold as a substantial set of notes to accompany the films that get repeatedly mentioned. (And I mean repeatedly.) Still, some perceptive remarks about how view our surroundings. Prompted me to buy a Harvard UP book by a Finn called Erkki Huhtamo, offering a thorough treatment of the Panorama - rather more expensive but a properly produced book.

Now I have to get Robinson in Space..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling essay collection 11 Mar. 2017
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This collection of Keiller's essays cover all of his films through *Robinson in Ruins* and track how his interests have evolved since before *London*. I found the essay on the pervasiveness of "dilapidated dwellings" in London (compared with typically shiny and well-maintained office spaces) particularly insightful. Several of these essays were substantially cut from their original versions, especially the two that were originally in the *Undercut Reader.* If you're a Keiller enthusiast, I'd recommend tracking those down, too.
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