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Soft City by Jonathan Raban

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you sofg to read. Lau Zhen khai rated it liked it May 26, Sarah Wilson rated it really liked it Jul 23, The Saint Bookstore Condition: Raban’s observations are all too real.

Because of this, despite his seeming detachment, an intolerant, fogeyish quality emerged at times. Ex-library, so some stamps and wear, but in good overall condition.

Text rabam English pages. Rear panel DJ has a full page photo of author. Soft city Jonathan Raban Snippet view – 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.

Textblock edges are toned and soiled, with “Bea Free” written on bottom edge and previous owner’s name and cityy written on RFEP.


It comes to us as lightly and insidiously as the symptoms of an unconsciously harboured disease. A very frustrating read, particularly because it is clear that Raban is a capable writer, and probably some sort of capital-I intellectual.

Dec 20, Jane rated it liked it. If the effort is ultimately doomed, then Raban is the right guide to follow on the attempt. Written in and definitely feels dated. The jonathann city’ is the city of buildings and maps, the ‘soft city’ the one that “awaits the imprint of an identity Return to Book Page.

I rated the book three stars not because it was dated, but for the dog-chasing-its-tail quality that comes on strong in the middle of the book. Light shelfwear to boards, dust soiling along the top; dust jacket has just a touch of edgewear, but is not chipped or torn. Ships from UK in 48 hours or less cuty same day.

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vity One of the classics of travel writing, this is a prescient exploration of the individual’s relationship with urban living. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside.

Soft City – Wikipedia

The author states the premise of his endeavour in the introduction: Books by Jonathan Raban. Soft Citya work dating back tocontains much of the same award-winning style of narrative, wit and compassion for the subject.

But the square in Earl’s Court does not lend itself to narrative. No marks in text.


Soft City: A Documentary Exploration of Metropolitan Life

Their perceptions will not develop because they know the city too well, or not well enough, respectively. He brings to the task the audacity of a 30 y Written inthis ambitious study of the modern city in its psychological significance is still an exciting and illuminating read 40 years on, even though its mission – to capture the impact of the overwhelming diversity of the city-experience on the individual ‘citizen’ – must have been as impossible to achieve in a finite text then as it clearly is today.

Raban casts a few cursory looks at the gaban and deeds of ckty 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’. That seems pretty apt here. Picador- Cities and towns – pages. That said, its style is creative, vibrant, humming; imaginative and insightful, it is a study that remains as relevant in the 21st century as it was towards the end of the 20th.

Brit Books Ltd Condition: Crease to back flap of dust jacket.