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London: The Biography (2000)

de Peter Ackroyd

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Much of Peter Ackroyd's work has been concerned with the life and past of London but here is his account of the city. For him it is an organism with its own laws of growth and change, so this is a biography rather than a history. This part covers London's foundations.
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I'm not sure why this is called a biography but it has a certain appeal. If you know London, it provides a series of thematic views on a personification level of the capital which are both interesting and warming, rather like amusing anecdotes about a good friend. It's definitely going for the coffee table market and is neither comprehensive or analytical. An enjoyable but in no way a challenging read. September 2020 ( )
  alanca | Oct 15, 2020 |
This is a book composed of short essays on some general topics containing a large number of factoids. While the author has assembled a large amount of information about the city it is often, and far too often, dispersed among a number of rapsodies about the wonder and hidden conflicts of the city. It could well have used a timeline, or several essays arranging a connected account of the themes he returns to so constantly. From a marketing point of view it is admirably designed to be consumed in short visits, thus a good book for the morning commute, or for idle moments during a structured day. and a number of historical maps could have aided the non-resident reader a very great deal. Another lack in a book of such an episodic nature, the indexing is very weak. While Mr. Ackroyd, a good stylist, has made a book that will enjoy good sales, it will not in the long run be a keeper. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jan 24, 2019 |
An excellent living history of one of the great cities of the world. Ackroyd has researched London history thoroughly and presented in a way that makes you want to book a flight to London, stet. I haven't spent a lot of time in London but I can imagine using "London: the biography" as a guide to the city, learning of the history of suburbs and streets and how, over the centuries, some buildings seem to attract particular types of business.

This was the first book I've read by Peter Ackroyd and I eagerly dived in to read more of his, only to be left slightly disappointed. No doubt I'll eventually find another of his books to love. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Oct 23, 2018 |
This book was truly extraordinary.

I was looking for an in-depth history of London, and I certainly found it between this book's covers. [a:Peter Ackroyd|16881|Peter Ackroyd|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1232835556p2/16881.jpg] truly did write a biography of London, from its sprawling streets to its strange citizens. His writing is fluid, and fascinating to read; his use of primary sources is utterly astounding, and somewhat maddening, as the cockney can be a bit hard on the eyes.

[a:Peter Ackroyd|16881|Peter Ackroyd|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1232835556p2/16881.jpg]'s book is told in a very loose chronology. While the 'story' begins with prehistory, and ends in the 80s, not much in this book is linear. He makes London timeless, and turns the city into the icon that it is today. The emphasis of the text is upon how little things have changed, even while London is destroyed and rebuilt cyclically. The essence of the city can be found in the hospitals raised upon the sites of druidic wells, the very wells that the Victorians later claimed had healing capabilities.

The triumph of this text is not in the traditional dates and names of rulers, battles, and the like... rather, the triumph is in the fact that it focuses upon the citizens of the empire. Reading this book, you will learn about the conditions of the jails, what Londoner's favorite pasttimes were, how the role of women changed, and how London assimilates the immigrants. You'll read about how little Cockney has changed from the 1500s, and how London's taste for the theatrical existed before Shakespeare came on the scene.

After reading this book, I feel that I have learned more about London than I have from the World History courses I've taken. [a:Peter Ackroyd|16881|Peter Ackroyd|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1232835556p2/16881.jpg] has an eye for what's importance, and brings this city of commerce, violence, and theater to life in a way that no one else has.

Smashing book. ( )
1 vota Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Very entertaining & informative account of the foremost city in Europe if not the world. ( )
  tommi180744 | Sep 22, 2017 |
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London is what was meant to be, secured across the centuries in a multiplicity of races, ways and tongues. You could not re-create it; you cannot destroy it. This London is our London, and if you want to know it better, to see it with eyes wide open, then Ackroyd is your indispensable companion.
 

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