London: The Biography
Peter Ackroyd
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Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM By Peter Ackroyd

London The Biography is the pinnacle of Peter Ackroyd s brilliant obsession with the eponymous city In this unusual and engaging work, Ackroyd brings the reader through time into the city whose institutions and idiosyncrasies have permeated much of his works of fiction and nonfiction Peter Ackroyd sees London as a living, breathing organism, with its own laws of growthLondon The Biography is the pinnacle of Peter Ackroyd s brilliant obsession with the eponymous city In this unusual and engaging work, Ackroyd brings the reader through time into the city whose institutions and idiosyncrasies have permeated much of his works of fiction and nonfiction Peter Ackroyd sees London as a living, breathing organism, with its own laws of growth and change Reveling in the city s riches as well as its raucousness, the author traces thematically its growth from the time of the Druids to the beginning of the twenty first century Anecdotal, insightful, and wonderfully entertaining, London is animated by Ackroyd s concern for the close relationship between the present and the past, as well as by what he describes as the peculiar echoic quality of London, whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.London confirms Ackroyd s status as what one critic has called our age s greatest London imagination.
  • Title: London: The Biography
  • Author: Peter Ackroyd
  • ISBN: 9780385497718
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback

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Chris Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
Dear Mr. Ackroyd,Will you marry me? I know you're gay, and I'm a woman. I understand that such details present wrinkles in the grand scheme, but I'm sure we can arrange bits on the side and whatever.Truthfully, I don't think you are really good looking, but you sure write sexy.I wish I had a quarter of your intelligence.This love poem to London, for love poem it is, is wonderful. It's brillant! It's marvellous!I think I just want to marry you so I can live in London.Well, that and your accent.It [...]
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Davide Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
[2014]Ackroyd è un londinese che ha scritto, letto e visto molto su Londra; ed è uno scrittore londinese che ha scritto molto sugli scrittori londinesi (compresi libri su Dickens e sui fratelli Lamb): non stupisce quindi trovare qui stipato un gran numero di notizie, curiosità, citazioni, ricordi, immagini, riflessioni su Londra. Uno degli informatori principali è il diarista del Seicento Samuel Pepys, poi naturalmente Defoe, Fielding, Samuel Johnson, Boswell, Dickens, Hogarth, De Quincey, C [...]
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Robert Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
London: The Biography is a junkshop of the heart, more or less: Peter Ackroyd's heart, or the heart of anyone else who has fallen in love with London's 2000 year history, its transformations, its theatricality, its poverty, its wit, its preposterousness, its influence on the English language. This is a book that's too densely packed with interesting data, arranged in short, thematic chapters, to be read from front to back, much as London is a city that's too large and infinite to be visited thor [...]
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Kotinka Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
Nobody can doubt the incredible amount of research the author collated to put this mammoth of a book together. His subject matter is fascinating and rewarding. However, Ackroyd's writing style is very particular and surely a matter of taste - unfortunately this reviewer finds it annoyingly loose, try-hard artistic and peppered with sweeping generalisations and over romanticisation. Small sections of the book stand out for their accuracy and fluency and undeniably, the book is crammed with reams [...]
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David Manns Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
What a book. Ackroyd has created the ultimate portrait of London as a living, breathing entity, not just a collection of old buildings and monuments. Rather than a dry chronological trawl through the history of our nation's capital, instead Ackroyd chooses themes and explores them through time and space, focussing on specific areas or ideas. Thus he paints a picture of an ever evolving city that defies all attempts to change or control it. London is its own master.Ackroyd ranges back and forth t [...]
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F.G. Cottam Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
London has always possessed the presence of a character (and a major character at that), in the quite brilliant novels Ackroyd has chosen to set there. His love of and fascination for the city has always been apparent. Here he demonstrates his scholarly expertise on a subject that clearly beguiles him and with what incredibly enjoyable result. The best praise I can offer this book is that it is worthy of its subject. It is deep, mystical, multi-layered and endlessly fascinating. I lived in Londo [...]
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Andrea Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
This book is a massive undertaking, both for the author and the reader, and the amount of extraordinary, fascinating and brilliant detail in here is mind-boggling. It pulls from an awe-inspiring number of primary sources to provide the most delectable quotes on everything from pubs to fashion to murders to popular food. In fact, I can't think of a subject that isn't in here, and it's all woven together in a form that is almost like fiction. It muses, ponders, revels in minutiae. This is the firs [...]
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Pete daPixie Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
Could very well be THE biography of 'London', Peter Ackroyd's 2000 publication is a monumental eight hundred page delight. The scope and coverage is breathtaking, from the last ice age to the domain of wild animals, to the Roman and Saxon foundations to it's present day sprawl. The capital city with all the trials,tribulations,fog and flame from Aeneas to Ziegler.Ackroyd has produced a masterpiece. It is clearly a life times work, and not just a historical one. The reader is taken by the hand an [...]
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sage Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
Atrociously bad. It could be turned into a drinking game -- drink any time Ackroyd uses fallacious logic or uses a completely unrelated and non-universal example to "prove" an absurd point. Of course, then you'd have alcohol poisoning by the end of the first chapter.If his thesis were that London, as a city, has a particular culture unlike other cities in Britain, then this book might be an interesting amble through different elements of that culture. However, his thesis is that the city itself, [...]
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Arabella Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
As a native Londoner, I found parts of this book very interesting. For example, I knew there had been other rivers in London such as the long-lost Fleet river, what I hadn't realized is that they are all still there, buried under the city. I also didn't know much of anything about London pre-Romans.Apart from being really, really long, there were a few things I didn't like about this book. One was the way Ackroyd described things as being unique to London, for example quoting all the references [...]
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Szplug Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
Whither art thou driven, ghostly stranger, by the lamentations that echo in the dales of the lifeless and broken hills from whence thou wert bound? Phantom of breath, buckler of the passed and passing days, into what deep chasm of the forgotten mind of God hast thou found thyself, mewling for the grace that has evaded thy dogged and persistent steps? Look inward, man-child—a succession of stygian wombs hast thou haunted, passing now into life and anon into death. The cry of babes and the rattl [...]
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Hilary Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
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. Peter Ackroyd 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.Peter Ackroyd's book is told in a very loose chronology. While the 'story' begins with prehis [...]
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Mark Love Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
You may be forgiven for thinking that my recent paucity of reviews was a due to lack of reading brought about by the birth of our son. Not so. I have been labouring through this beast of a book for the past couple of months, and am now relieved to be able to put it back on the shelf.Peter Ackroyd's biography of London is impressive in every sense - the length, the breadth, the details and the passionate and scholarly work that went into it, and it has been celebrated by reviewers and middle-clas [...]
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Maxym Karpovets Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
зізнаюсь, що не зумів прочитати чималу книгу класика стилізованої історичної прози Пітера Акройда, можливо, навіть одного із улюблених сучасних авторів на рівні із Джуліаном Барнсом, Єном Маклюеном і Салманом Рушді. не зумів не через те, що не дуже цікаво, а через безпросві [...]
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Lyn Elliott Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
I initially gave this four stars, recognising the huge amount of research that Ackroyd has pulled together - anything you want to know about scandals, sewers, executions or thievery in London is here in an exuberant tumble. But ultimately the tumble led to my three star rating - the lack of order in the presentation jars for me and I gave up. It's a book for dipping rather than straight through reading.The Manchester Guardian review on this link summarises several other reviews that balance amaz [...]
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Laurie Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
This is such an exhaustive survey of London, I cannot imagine how long it took Ackroyd to research and write. This touches on absolutely anything and everything you could want to know about the city. Equal parts entertaining and educational, it took me quite a while to read simply because of the amount of information packed into it. Covering prehistory up to the millennial year, it's definitely recommended for any London-phile. A world of worlds, no other city on Earth has ever existed quite lik [...]
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Sharon Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
This was okay. I love reading about London, quirky interesting facts about places that I know. This had plenty, but also had a LOT of other information about places, people, thingsjust about everything. The title says it all'concise'! I found myself flicking through to find bits that I found interesting, but there was still plenty of bits to keep me going!
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Pietro Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
London is a bad habit one hates to lose. Monumentale biografia londinese, non sempre trascinante a causa della tediosissima divisione per aree tematiche. Inevitabili difetti a parte, si tratta di un testo essenziale e assai completo per penetrare la storia, le abitudini, i segreti, le idiosincrasie di una città - e dei suoi abitanti - che non smetterà mai di incantare.
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Kay Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
Dark and juicy biography of the city. Ackroyd's highly personal and imaginative account is not straightforward -- but then neither is London. London is a complex stew that evokes the city not just as a historical entity but as almost an animate thing.
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Kelly Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
Lost interest- too busy living here! Another time when I am feeling nostalgic, probably.
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David Ball Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
A masterpiece. The history of London, not chronologically, but thematically. The topics cover almost every sense: from the smell of the fog to the ever present noise, the markets, the vendors, the street theatre, the never ending rebuilding. Certain neighbourhoods are brought to light: from the radical history of Clerkenwell to the commercial history of the Thames, its docks and its tributaries. Chapters are dedicated to prisons, madhouses, coffee shops, and pubs; and of course the people, their [...]
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Pat Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
I bought this before we went to London in June. I wound up reading it more by dipping into it here and there, rather than sequentially.It's a lot of fun, because it's packed with the history of specific locations.
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Heather Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
This is a massive book. With the text coming in at nearly 800 pages, it is at least twice as long as it really needed to be, but I couldn't help but be delighted at its contents. It meanders around chronologically-speaking, focusing instead on subjects--touching more heavily on things mostly neglected by other histories while neglecting topics one would expect to see, particularly in a work of this size. Completely absorbing, it is nevertheless a little too graphic in few places for my taste, pa [...]
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Mark Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
One of the recommendations on the cover of this book states that “Peter Ackroyd was born to write the biography of London” and it’s quite hard to disagree with that. The scope of this work is immense and almost too much to comprehend in a small review; over 1000 pages including references it details the history of our capital from prehistoric times to today. It is not a narrative history but a broken down series of essays on separate themes, usually moulded around the broad field of social [...]
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Jenny Sparrow Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
Посетить Англию в целом и Лондон в частности было моей детской мечтой еще с тех пор, как я зачитывалась рассказами про Шерлока Холмса. Думаю, когда-нибудь мечту я еще осуществлю, ну а пока решила почитать одну из известнейших книг про Лондон. Труд Акройда представляет собой [...]
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Peter Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
Peter Ackroyd's London is a massive undertaking. The study looks at the world's greatest city from its origins through to about the year 2000. I say the world's city because London, unlike Athens or Rome, continues to march through time and continues to assert its presence on the world's stage.Where to start discussing this book? First, its scope is massive and the text runs 760 pages. Then, there is a very extensive and helpful section of books for further reading. One could spend a lifetime re [...]
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Mister Chris Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
Writing a biography of one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in the world is a curious idea, and demands a curious writer. Peter Ackroyd is the man for the job; a sensitive and intriguing historian and author who peels back the layers of vice, politics and street-level culture to provide a fascinating and unique perspective of the sprawling metropolis. This is a vast and rambling tome, absolutely packed with stories, theories and journeys. Ackroyd is a proponent of psychogeography, th [...]
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Tony Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
Ackroyd, Peter. LONDON: The Biography. (U.K.-2000, U.S.-2001). ****. This massive work traces the history of London from its Roman beginnings – it was supposedly founded by Brutus – to the present day. Chronologically moving from the past to the present, the author, probably the world’s expert on the city, jumps ahead and shows how present names and places reflect the city’s history. This is a book that should be owned by every Londoner who is interested in his city. If you are a casual [...]
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Miranda Davis Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
Fascinating, brilliant history of London from prehistory, through Roman occupation, Angles, Saxons, Vikings, PIcts, Christians, Kings, Queens, pretenders, plagues, fire, famine, wars, Dickens, bombs. And so forth.I read this enthralled by layer upon layer of human experience as it was peeled away. Or rather unearthed. If you enjoy history that makes you feel present at the time discussed, you will be swept up in this. It's not solely chronological but also topical. And the topics themselves reve [...]
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umberto Oct 28, 2020 - 02:46 AM
I first ran across this book as a hardcover some few years ago and I had no interest in reading this title, then today (July 21) I was delighted to collect a paperback ordered via Kinokuniya Bookstore in BKK some three weeks ago.Surprisingly, I've found the books by Peter Ackroyd readable, entertaining and informative. If you don't know him but would like to be familiar with his writing style, please find a copy of his "Thames: The Biography" or "The Canterbury Tales" (A Retelling of Geoffrey Ch [...]
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London: The Biography By Peter Ackroyd London The Biography is the pinnacle of Peter Ackroyd s brilliant obsession with the eponymous city In this unusual and engaging work, Ackroyd brings the reader through time into the city whose institutions and idiosyncrasies have permeated much of his works of fiction and nonfiction Peter Ackroyd sees London as a living, breathing organism, with its own laws of growthLondon The Biography is the pinnacle of Peter Ackroyd s brilliant obsession with the eponymous city In this unusual and engaging work, Ackroyd brings the reader through time into the city whose institutions and idiosyncrasies have permeated much of his works of fiction and nonfiction Peter Ackroyd sees London as a living, breathing organism, with its own laws of growth and change Reveling in the city s riches as well as its raucousness, the author traces thematically its growth from the time of the Druids to the beginning of the twenty first century Anecdotal, insightful, and wonderfully entertaining, London is animated by Ackroyd s concern for the close relationship between the present and the past, as well as by what he describes as the peculiar echoic quality of London, whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.London confirms Ackroyd s status as what one critic has called our age s greatest London imagination.

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