“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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Jan 08, Mike Mcconnell rated it it was amazing Shelves: Soft city Raban, Jonathan Paperback. Good condition, tight binding, unmarked pages. Zoe rated it really liked it Mar 13, Open Preview See a Problem?

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I rated the book three stars aoft because it was dated, but for the dog-chasing-its-tail quality that comes on strong in the middle of the book. Home, alone, is a place for picking thorns out of one’s skin, for finding oneself again. 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’.

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.

Published May 21st by Harvill Press first published January 1st Now it needs a patchwork quilt of intrusions, guesses and observations to get anywhere near sort truth. Though there are plenty of things to like in this book, the author isn’t one of those things.

Arundel Books of Seattle Published: Soft City Raban, Jonathan Hardback. Sep 08, Jerry-Mac rated it really liked it.


Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. One of the classics of travel writing, this is a prescient exploration of the individual’s relationship with urban living. Part reportage, part intimate autobiography, this vivid, often funny portrait of metropolitan life has become a classic in the literature of the city. Steven rated it really liked it Sep 05, I respect its rules and special skills.

Soft City Author s: Sign up to receive offers and updates: I would be more than happy to denunciate Raban. Lau Zhen khai rated it liked joonathan May 26, Soft City Jonathan Raban London: Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want jonatha read.

Soft City: A Documentary Exploration of Metropolitan Life

Picador- Cities and towns – pages. Written in and definitely feels dated. What it is, really, is vast swathes of directionless prose.

Raban seems to be saying, to understand the dynamics of a city, one should enter it as a migrant. Rather than being open-minded a lot of the time he sees himself as being solely correct. Your purchase also supports literacy charities. Soft Citya work dating back tocontains much of the same award-winning style of narrative, wit and compassion for the subject. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

No trivia or quizzes yet. His novel, Waxwings, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and his most recent work of fiction, Surveillance, was published in to much acclaim.

I guess it’s because a lot of what he’s observing he’s also very judgemental about, in a way he always frames as something inapplicable to himself. Ex-library with wear and barcode page may have been removed.

Written inthis ambitious study of the modern city in its psychological significance is still an citty and illuminating read 40 years on, even though its mission – to capture the impact of the overwhelming diversity of the city-experience ciry the individual ‘citizen’ – must have been as impossible to achieve in a finite text then as it clearly is today.


In a very good dust jacket with minor staining to reverse not visible from the front.

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Most of all, what is the point? Soft city Jonathan Raban Good. Some wear to cover edges and corners. 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.

The beginning sections of the book were well done, and the quick thumbnail sketch on the Kray brothers, and their many personae that city life facilitated was quite fascinating. There was a lot of ojnathan interesting stuff in here, but I think a lot of it was only interesting to me as an Urban Planning grad st A philosophical treatise on the nature of cities. First published in the s, his account is a compelling exploration of urban life: Wear and tear on cover.

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. At times this leads to a faintly novelistic approach, even an overt one, such as the slightly unpleasant chapter about an Eastern European girl’s fleeting visit to London.

He brings to the task the audacity of a 30 years old independent writer, a readiness to disclose his personal intimate experience together with detached erudition, and an incisive analytical mind. No marks in jonathzn.