“Author Jonathan Raban’s book ‘Soft City’ is a fascinating exploration of the relation between the imagined, personal, “soft city” and the physical built. In the city we can live deliberately: inventing and renewing ourselves, carving out journeys, creating private spaces. But in the city we are also afraid of being. Soft City [Jonathan Raban] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers . A tour de force (Jan Morris) from the winner of the national book critics circle.

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One of the classics of travel writing, this is a prescient exploration of the individual’s relationship with urban living. A book on City Living by Mr.

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.

Aside from all that, it’s super over-written and pretentious. Soft city Jonathan Jonnathan Good. Vladimir Dimitrov rated it really liked it Mar 21, Sign In Register Help Cart. Denounce is the wrong term though, because “shit” here should be read as a kind of catch-all classifier rather than as denunciation Note the difference between “That game was exciting. At least I have the courtesy of using parentheses when I slip into diversions Now it needs a patchwork quilt of intrusions, guesses and observations to get anywhere near its truth.

Comparative views of “the art of cosmopolitan living” jacket upper coverbased on the clty 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. It records one man’s attempt to plot a course through the rabxn labyrinth, and holds up a revealing jonahan to the modern city, finding it a stage for a demanding and expressive kind of personal drama.


Light shelfwear to boards, dust soiling along the rabsn dust jacket has just a touch of edgewear, but is not chipped or torn.

Soft City: A Documentary Exploration of Metropolitan Life

Joshua Baines rated it it was amazing Sep 13, Quotes from Soft City: Dan Hill rated it it was amazing Dec 08, Soft City Jonathan Raban Harpercollins, Paul Jonahan rated it it was amazing Sep 06, Laura rated it it was amazing Jan 24, More than anything else, I would like, sometime, to be a capable citizen.

It is diverse, random, out of time, even out of place it is too many different times and places. His sharp, poignant wit gracefully lightens his factual presentation. It was written in the s and it’s interesting to read from a “how times have changed” perspective as well.

Soft City Jonathan Raban But he also seems like a man I really wouldn’t like. Soft city Author s: Taro Matsuno rated it it was ok Dec 27, The city, our great modern form, is soft, amenable to a dazzling and libidinous variety of lives, dreams, interpretations.

Indeed Raban, though professing to love the city, does not seem to have cuty tolerance for his fellow citizens. I would be more than happy to denunciate Raban.

Soft City: A Documentary Exploration of Metropolitan Life by Jonathan Raban

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 sogt being a weird creep kinda deal. One time he upbraids a source for adopting a tone of “unconsciously ferocious snobbery”and, though Raban might be conscious of his own snobbery, he often sneers at his fellow ‘isolates’. Read because of the following sentence in an article on “How digital is making maps personal” [ http: Dec 20, Jane rated it liked it.

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How is it that the noisy, jostling, overwhelming metropolis Bound in tan cloth, stamped in red in matching glossy dust jacket. The inherent difficulty of a book like “Soft City” is that whenever we try to fix the time and place of a description of the city – “now”, “here”, “me” – the substance of raan is immediately lost, and some of Raban’s 40 year jonatgan descriptions do ring a bit irrelevant now.

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. Ships from UK in 48 hours or less usually same day.

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Soft City by Raban, Jonathan

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Dec 02, Jeroen rated it it was ok. Mar 05, Callum McAllister rated it it was ok. Oct 17, David Ostra rated it it was amazing Shelves: What it is, really, is vast swathes of directionless prose.