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London txt London , text ebook London , adobe reader London , chapter 2 London , London 265e90 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 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.


About the Author: Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd CBE is an English novelist and biographer with a particular interest in the history and culture of London Peter Ackroyd s mother worked in the personnel department of an engineering firm, his father having left the family home when Ackroyd was a baby He was reading newspapers by the age of 5 and, at 9, wrote a play about Guy Fawkes Reputedly, he first realized he was gay at the age Peter Ackroyd CBE is an English novelist and biographer with a particular interest in the history and culture of London Peter Ackroyd s mother worked in the personnel department of an engineering firm, his father having left the family home when Ackroyd was a baby He was reading newspapers by the age of 5 and, at 9, wrote a play about Guy Fawkes Reputedly, he first realized he was gay at the age of 7.Ackroyd was educated at St Benedict s, Ealing and at Clare College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with a double first in English In 1972, he was a Mellon Fellow at Yale University in the United States The result of this fellowship was Ackroyd s Notes for a New Culture, written when he was only 22 and eventually published in 1976 The title, a playful echo of T S Eliot s Notes Towards the Definition of Culture 1948 , was an early indication of Ackroyd s penchant for creatively exploring and reexamining the works of other London based writers.Ackroyd s literary career began with poetry, including such works as London Lickpenny 1973 and The Diversions of Purley 1987 He later moved into fiction and has become an acclaimed author, winning the 1998 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the biography Thomas More and being shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1987.Ackroyd worked at The Spectator magazine between 1973 and 1977 and became joint managing editor in 1978 In 1982 he published The Great Fire of London, his first novel This novel deals with one of Ackroyd s great heroes, Charles Dickens, and is a reworking of Little Dorrit The novel set the stage for the long sequence of novels Ackroyd has produced since, all of which deal in some way with the complex interaction of time and space, and what Ackroyd calls the spirit of place It is also the first in a sequence of novels of London, through which he traces the changing, but curiously consistent nature of the city Often this theme is explored through the city s artists, and especially its writers.Ackroyd has always shown a great interest in the city of London, and one of his best known works, London The Biography, is an extensive and thorough discussion of London through the ages His fascination with London literary and artistic figures is also displayed in the sequence of biographies he has produced of Ezra Pound 1980 , T S Eliot 1984 , Charles Dickens 1990 , William Blake 1995 , Thomas More 1998 , Chaucer 2004 , William Shakespeare 2005 , and J M W Turner The city itself stands astride all these works, as it does in the fiction.From 2003 to 2005, Ackroyd wrote a six book non fiction series Voyages Through Time , intended for readers as young as eight This was his first work for children The critically acclaimed series is an extensive narrative of key periods in world history.Early in his career, Ackroyd was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1984 and, as well as producing fiction, biography and other literary works, is also a regular radio and television broadcaster and book critic.In the New Year s honours list of 2003, Ackroyd was awarded the CBE



10 thoughts on “London

  1. says:

    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 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 L...


  2. says:

    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 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 ...


  3. says:

    2014 Ackroyd un londinese che ha scritto, letto e visto molto su Londra ed 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, curiosit , citazioni, ricordi, immagini, riflessioni su Londra Uno degli informatori principali il diarista del Seicento Samuel Pepys, poi naturalmente Defoe, Fielding, Samuel Johnson, Boswell, Dickens, Hogarth, De Quincey, Charl 2014 Ackroyd un londinese che ha scritto, letto e visto molto su Londra ed 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, curiosit , citazioni, ricordi, immagini, riflessioni su Londra Uno degli informatori principali il diarista del Seicento Samuel Pepys, poi naturalmente Defoe, Fielding, Samuel Johnson, Boswell, Dickens, Hogarth, De Quincey, Charles Lamb molto meno l altro grande saggista di inizio Ottocento, William Hazlitt , George Gissing, G K Chesterton, George Orwell, ecc ecc Viene voglia poi di esplorare altri, meno noti, apporti basilari del libro da John Stow per il Cinquecento e John Evelyn un...


  4. says:

    London The Biography is a junkshop of the heart,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 London The Biography is a junkshop of the heart,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 thoroughly even during a long, hyperactive visit Instead, I think most readers will end up doing what I did skipping around to find items of interes...


  5. says:

    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 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 o...


  6. says:

    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 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 prais...


  7. says:

    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 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 m...


  8. says:

    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...


  9. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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, 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, in its pavement, sewer systems, buildings, etc., literally spea...


  10. says:

    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 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, f...


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