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London Under (2011)

de Peter Ackroyd

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A short study of everything that goes on under London--from original springs and streams and Roman amphitheaters to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts, and modern tube stations.
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Plus another half star. As I read it I felt as if it were an unstructured elegant list of facts (and I was glad it was so short) but by the chapter on the underground I was enthralled. Skimming back through the book after finishing it was much more satisfying than the first read through - the structure became clear and it has left me with the thirst to go off and look at maps and search out more detail and find out much more. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
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  MarianneAudio | Aug 14, 2020 |
The London skyline is famous all round the world, but apart from the tube, beneath the streets very few people know what is there.

Ackroyd's book really only scratches the surface, as it is fairly short, but he uncovers litte gems of information on the 2000 year old history of London. Every time anyone digs a hole there another nugget of history is revealed. There are chapters on the tube, the hidden rivers of London, and the Fleet, which was 60 feet wide at certain points has a whole chapter to itself. There are sketchy details on the government tunnels, so of which are open to the public, and others that are still not.

Some of the archeological details are fascinating, in particular the finds, and in some case still operational Roman water courses.

Really enjoyed reading it, looking forward to some of his other books now. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Likely closer to 3.5 stars. Mr. Ackroyd collects a disquieting bushel of facts and weaves the disparate strands into something reverent. The haze surrounding the tube construction was especially effective. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Plus another half star. As I read it I felt as if it were an unstructured elegant list of facts (and I was glad it was so short) but by the chapter on the underground I was enthralled. Skimming back through the book after finishing it was much more satisfying than the first read through - the structure became clear and it has left me with the thirst to go off and look at maps and search out more detail and find out much more. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | May 27, 2018 |
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Ackroyd (or his editor) has reined in the whimsical generalisations that mar his earlier books, with not a single utterance of that Ackroydian cliché: “London has always been…”. (Fans of Ackroyd bingo will also note a significant diminution of ‘noisome’ occurrences, with a concomitant increase in ‘meets its quietus’.)

This is a short but punchy book. You can easily read it in two sittings. If you’re already well-versed in hypogeal London, you may want to wait for the paperback. For those looking for a highly readable introduction, plumb any depth to get hold of a copy.
afegit per John_Vaughan | editaThe Londonist (Apr 15, 2013)
 
It’s the second half of “London Under” that tells this story of the Tube — the true reward of the book — but Ackroyd makes readers work for it.
 
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Tread carefully over the pavements of London for you are treading on skin, a skein of stone that covers rivers and labyrinths, tunnels and chambers, streams and caverns, pipes and cables, springs and passages, crypts and sewers, creeping things that will never see the light of day.
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Underground space has acquired the status of dark matter, unseen yet somehow maintaining the structure of the visible world. (p. 175)
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A short study of everything that goes on under London--from original springs and streams and Roman amphitheaters to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts, and modern tube stations.

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