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Soft City by Jonathan Raban

Paperbackpages. Now it needs a patchwork quilt of intrusions, guesses and observations to get anywhere near its truth.

We are guided not only by Raban, but by Henry Mayhew and Charles Booth, along with numerous others from the cannon of city planning. What makes Biblio different? While limited by the concreteness of the When and Where, the contrast between the accounts of Islington and Earl’s Court is nevertheless intriguing: Jul 24, Rachel Stevenson rated it really liked it.

Written in the early ‘s, The Soft City is a psychological look at the metropolis and its inhabitants, built around anecdote, impression and insight, almost exclusively based on London, with brief interludes into the America of Jonatha and New York. A frustrating read, partly because I was expecting it to be so good and much of it was very good.

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Books by Jonathan Raban. Very good with slight shelf wear and minor soiling to top corner of front board; interior clean raba unmarked. Read because of the following sentence in an article on “How digital is making maps personal” [ http: Ships from the UK. But the square in Earl’s Court does not lend itself to narrative.

A vivid, often funny portrait of metropolitan life, Soft City is part reportage, part incisive thesis, part intimate autobiography, and a much-quoted classic of the literature of the city and urban culture. Essentially a series of related essays, Raban eschews the statistics that a sociologist would rely on an Written in the early ‘s, The Soft City is a psychological look at the metropolis and its inhabitants, built around anecdote, impression and insight, almost exclusively based on London, with brief interludes into the America of Boston and New York.

Cover differs to one shown. How is it that the noisy, jostling, overwhelming metropolis Dec 02, Jeroen rated it it was ok. Soft City A non fiction book by Jonathan Raban.

Justin rated it liked it Nov 11, First published in the s, his account is a compelling exploration of urban life: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. To ask other readers questions about Soft Cityplease sign up. No trivia or quizzes yet. The Harvill Press Availability: Soft city Raban, Jonathan Paperback. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Account Options Sign in.


Lau Zhen khai rated it liked it May 26, No eBook available Amazon. Jan 08, Mike Mcconnell rated it it was amazing Shelves: In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy.

Soft City Jonathan Raban For example, he digs on a lot of the Bohemian type for being “uninterested in politics”, their literary tastes are “fads” or “crazes”, and his class and race politics are also pretty shoddy.

What it is, really, is vast swathes of directionless prose. jonzthan

I am guessing Raban was a four-cornered mathematical figure in those days. Raban’s observations are all too real. After all those pages I A very ciry read, particularly because it is clear that Raban is a capable writer, and probably some sort of capital-I intellectual. Hardly a contribution that adds something to the discussion.

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The beginning sections of the book were well done, and the quick thumbnail sketch on the Kray taban, and their many personae that city life facilitated was quite fascinating. It comes to us as lightly and insidiously as the symptoms of an unconsciously harboured disease.

In Raban, a British citizen, moved from London to Seattle, where he now lives with his daughter. Raban’s dialogue is truly a joy to read.