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Soft City Jonathan Raban No preview available – No trivia or quizzes yet. Steven rated it really liked it Sep 05, A very accomplished book, left me with a lot to think about.

We are guided not only by Raban, but by Henry Mayhew and Charles Booth, along with numerous others from the cannon of city planning. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Things improve though, via an interesting look at the newcomer ‘Greenhorn’ to the city, and how it encourages us to make personas, become a character; like the fantasist Ronnie Kray projecting his elevated self-image as a ‘gangster’ onto the city, rather than appear as what he actually was, a slow-minded criminal thug.

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Soft City Raban, Jonathan Picador. In an age when the big city is becoming less popular than ever, this is a passionate and imaginative defense of city life, its “unique plasticity, its privacy and freedom.

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Some wear to cover edges and corners. Soft Citya work dating back tocontains much of the same award-winning style of narrative, wit and compassion for the subject. Lau Zhen khai rated it liked it May 26, Without ever intending to literarily dominate, conquer, or impose upon wisely recognising that this would be a futile taskthe author captures the intricacy and variety, danger and intrigue, of the city.


Books by Jonathan Raban. Chapter Two, “The City as Melodrama” argues that city dwellers often stage-act in a way that emphasizes moral extremes – much against common rationalistic or dystopian models of the city population. Justin rated it liked it Nov 11, We are a world class secondhand bookstore based in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom and specialize in high quality textbooks across an enormous variety of subjects.

Raban casts a few cursory looks at the thoughts and deeds of town planners and architects such as Mumford and Corbusier, mostly disparagingly, but on the whole the narrative comes from his own projections, his own ‘soft city’.

Comparative views of “the art of cosmopolitan living” jacket upper coverbased on the author’s experiences in the Black American ghettos of the East Coast particularly New York City, Cambridge and Roxbury, Massachusetts and London’s gay community in Earl’s Court; dedicated to Robert and Caroline Lowell.

This book has hardback covers. Though there are plenty of things to like in this book, the author isn’t one of those things. Picador Classic Author s: The ‘hard city’ is the city of buildings and maps, the ‘soft city’ the one that “awaits the imprint of an identity Written in and definitely feels dated.

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More than anything else, I would like, sometime, to be a capable citizen. A philosophical treatise on the nature of cities. No marks in clty. Competence in the uniquely imaginative and creative life of a big city rabna something to be proud of, and even the oddest, most ramshackle characters can possess it.


Lawrence Switzky rated it liked it May 09, Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Flicking ciyt many cities, but primarily London and New York, the reader is shown the true horror and, to an extent, joy of life in a modern metropolis. Rear panel DJ has a full page photo of author. He talks about the shallowness of people’s dress, objects, materialism and such as a way for them to be defined.

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Laura rated it it was amazing Jan 24, The Harvill Press Availability: Cover differs rabzn one shown. Clearly, the latter is not always a good thing. Oct 17, David Ostra rated it it was amazing Shelves: It comes to us as lightly and insidiously as the symptoms of an unconsciously harboured disease. The author states the premise of his endeavour in the introduction: World of Books Ltd Condition: The reasons why people flock to cities, why some cty and why some leave are some of the many topics covered.

Soft city Jonathan Raban Snippet view – The hippies and Hare Krishnas get a particular hosing down. Joshua Baines rated it it was amazing Sep 13, It was written in the s and it’s interesting to read from a “how times have changed” perspective as well.

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