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London: The Biography

3 Ratings: 1.7
A book by Peter Ackroyd

Novelist and biographer Ackroyd (The Plato Papers; T.S. Eliot; etc.) offers a huge, enthralling "biography" of the city of London. The reader segues through this litany of lists and anthology of anecdotes via the sketchiest of topical linkages, … see full wiki

Tags: Books, History, England, London, Peter Ackroyd
Author: Peter Ackroyd
Genre: History
Publisher: Anchor
3 reviews about London: The Biography
review by . April 19, 2008
This 773-page book is a good 500-page history waiting for an editor.    Too much rambling and philosophizing without enough history and geography.    About 300 pages in, the reader begins to realize that Ackroyd is never going to settle down to writing enough history or geography to make the subject really meaningful, and begins to feel cheated by this unnecessary waste of time.    It should have been better.    Ackroyd …
review by . January 06, 2006
The bulk of this book is its strength and weakness. I do give it four stars for the sheer effort of compiling and arranging so many diverse topics, anecdotes, and facts between its covers. I read it straight through, but perhaps it's best taken by browsing, as the early narrative of London's history peters out around the late medieval period and resumes only in fits and starts over the rest of the book as the history jostles against the topics explored in the shorter chapters, arranged in sub-sections …
review by . June 06, 2005
I have to say that "London: The Biography" was a pretty big disappointment. I will traveling to London soon and thought that this would be an excellent title to help familarize myself with the history of the city. While I did get "some" history, I mainly got a large dose of philoshophical thoughts on the evolution of the city. Essentially we have a 800 page book of quotes on what OTHER people have written about London (throughout history).     I was hoping for a detailed analysis …
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