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White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings Paperback – 8 Oct 1998

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; New edition edition (8 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186207206X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862072060
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 12.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,395,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sinclair's dark, psychogeographical exhumations of London scribe a semi-mythical underbelly of malcontents, manic bibliophiles and losers. Subterranean pubs and their snugs, hospitals and their labyrinths, all those who lose their way in a metropolis--Sinclair's subject is situated lives. How is a city separate from the people who make up its noise, its madness, its lies and its past? This is a harsh poetry. As a novelist Sinclair marks out a unique space. He understands place as a way time positions its memory of itself in the bricks and bridges of where we drink and fight. He shows how history's narrative saturates the present with awful resonances. London has a degraded beauty in each ancient street, each crime, each failure. Sinclair's impressionistic, dense wordcraft, often difficult, arcane, is lambent with regard to the spectral dusk of every city's shadows. White Chappell Scarlet Tracings is a paean to worlds we all do best skirting.-- Mark Thwaite

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We read this for our book club. Though some of the phrases and sentences were brilliant, it was a chore to read such disjointed writings. The male characters were disgusting human beings and the female characters almost non-existent. I found it a total waste of time and was glad it was such a short book! Unless you love his other writings, don't bother.
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Iain Sinclair has, once again, taken me on a journey into my past. I am always left feeling as though I have been reminded of a forgotten secret, that Sinclair was stood one step behind me throughout my youth in east London.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WUI - writing under the .... 26 Mar. 2009
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I am going to keep reading Sinclair (and Haruki Murakami) until I understand one book they have written. I didn't get there with this one.

Sinclair can write some amazing sentences. He can also write some that make sense. He just never combines the two skills.

Since there is virtually no description of this book above, take the time to use the "Look Inside" feature and read the back cover. You won't learn a lot, but it will make you think you have.

To get a feel for Sinclair, think Pynchon - but lacking in clarity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty and dangerous 31 Aug. 2001
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Iain Sinclair knows the mythical paths of London like no-one else. In poetic often painfully intense prose, he conjures up the half-dead spirits that stalk the streets of this seedy town. The landscape is dominated by dodgy second-hand book dealers skulking in the shadows obsessed by the Ripper murders, and by the vicious presence of Jack himself, the embodiement of powerful evil forces embedded in the fabric of the city. If you only ever read one novel about Jack the Ripper, or never wanted to read one, White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings is a must. A warning though: it is not for the faint-hearted.
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