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Soft City Raban, Jonathan Picador. He brings to the task the audacity of a 30 years old independent writer, a readiness to disclose his personal intimate experience together with detached erudition, and an incisive analytical jpnathan. Also weirdly sexist and sexual in ways that it didn’t need to be, which I think was partially the style of the time and partially just that weird older intellectual dude sometimes being a weird creep kinda deal.

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After all those pages I A very frustrating read, particularly because it is clear that Raban is a capable writer, and probably some sort of capital-I intellectual. So not a denunciation per se, and not a denunciation of Orlean, but let me be clear: The city, our great modern form, is soft, amenable to a dazzling and libidinous variety of lives, dreams, interpretations.

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. 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.


That said, its style is creative, vibrant, humming; imaginative and insightful, it is a study that remains as relevant in the 21st century as it was towards the end of the 20th.

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Dec 20, Jane rated it liked it. Those born, and remaining, in a particular city and those arriving as tourists, are at a disadvantage. Bound in tan cloth, stamped in red in matching glossy dust jacket. Raban’s observations are all too real. Most of the book is about a London from the early 19th century to the mid s. Picador Classic Jonathan Raban No preview available – Part reportage, part intimate autobiography, this vivid, often funny portrait of metropolitan life has become a classic in the literature of the city.

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It comes to us as lightly and insidiously as the symptoms of an unconsciously harboured disease. Jul 24, Rachel Stevenson rated it really liked it. Soft city Author s: I guess it’s because a lot of what he’s observing he’s also very judgemental about, in a way he always frames as something inapplicable to himself.

Written in and definitely feels dated. No eBook available Amazon. In a very good dust jacket with minor staining to reverse not visible from the front. There was a lot of really interesting stuff in here, but I think a joonathan of it was only interesting to me as an Urban Planning grad st A philosophical treatise on the nature of cities.

Essentially a series of related essays, Raban eschews the statistics that a cify would rely on and instead relies on his own experiences and a handful of sources and literary quotations.

I respect its rules and special skills. Dan Hill rated it it was amazing Dec 08, The hippies and Hare Krishnas get a particular hosing down.


Sign up to receive offers and updates: Overheard conversations in restaurants and muffled voices heard through unsubstantial walls are penned in a lively, if not voyeuristic, form. But he also then talks about how a commitment against materialism and in favour of simple living is another faddish way to live shallowly and goes on about the ugliness of the Hare Krishnas and digs ojnathan vegetarians and people who smoke “a joint of marijuana”.

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And if you thought that last paragraph did not go anywhere: His sharp, poignant wit gracefully lightens his factual presentation. Trivia About Soft City: DJ is toned, with a few small tears. DJ protected with Brodart cover. Taro Matsuno rated it it was ok Dec 27, Soft city Jonathan Raban It was written in the s and it’s interesting to read from a “how times have changed” perspective as well.

Then of course there’s also ” the shit”, which is actually positive, but I see no reason to go into that here. Textblock edges are toned and soiled, with “Bea Free” written on bottom edge and previous owner’s name and phone written on RFEP. Brit Books Ltd Condition: The Saint Bookstore Condition: His analysis is often really on point and he has a lot of great observations about how we interact with and live in the city.

Paul Harris rated it it was amazing Sep 06, But the square in Earl’s Court does not lend itself to narrative. That seems pretty apt here. Ships from UK in 48 hours or less usually same day.