“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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Picador- Cities and towns – pages. Return to Book Page. Raban’s dialogue is truly a joy to read.

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Soft City: A Documentary Exploration of Metropolitan Life

Sarah Wilson rated it really liked it Jul 23, 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.

But in the city we are also afraid of being alone, clinging to the structures of daily life to skft off the chaos around us. Competence in the uniquely imaginative and creative life of a big city is something to be proud of, and even the oddest, most ramshackle characters can possess it.

A philosophical treatise on the nature of cities. The hippies and Hare Krishnas get a particular hosing down.

Written in and definitely feels dated. Also weirdly sexist and sexual in ways that it didn’t need ciity be, which I think was partially the style of the time and partially just that weird older intellectual dude sometimes being a weird creep kinda deal.


Jul 24, Rachel Stevenson rated it really liked it. Raban seems to be saying, to understand the jonzthan of a city, one should enter it as a migrant. Something about the fluidity of the city, its state of flux, its fluxicity: There are no discussion topics on this book raan. Second Story Books Published: It comes to us as lightly and insidiously as the symptoms of an unconsciously harboured disease.

Soft city Raban, Jonathan Paperback. Indeed Raban, though professing to love the city, does not seem to have much tolerance for his fellow citizens. In the city we can live deliberately: Paul Harris rated it it was amazing Sep 06, It may be advisable not to live in or visit a conurbation without a copy.

Sign up to receive offers and updates: This psychological handbook for urban survival vividly documents the experience of citu one’s own path through the tangle and sprawl of urban metropolitan life. Textblock edges are toned and soiled, with “Bea Free” written on bottom edge and previous owner’s name and phone written on RFEP. Because of this, despite his seeming detachment, an intolerant, fogeyish quality emerged at times. vity

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Essentially a series of related essays, Raban eschews the statistics that a sociologist would rely on and instead relies on his own experiences and a handful of sources and literary quotations. Greener Books Ltd Published: That seems pretty apt here. Aug 21, Nicole Conlan rated it it was ok. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Ex-library, so some stamps and wear, but in good overall condition. Raban really does not like hippies Each chapter explores a different aspect of city life, and how it’s characters build and enact their own ‘soft city’.


Soft City by Jonathan Raban

But the square in Earl’s Court does not lend itself to narrative. Rather than being open-minded a lot of the time he sees himself as being solely correct.

Cover differs to one shown. Picador Classic Author s: Denounce is the wrong term though, because “shit” here should jonafhan read as a kind of catch-all classifier rather than as denunciation Note the difference between “That game was exciting.

I am guessing Raban was a four-cornered mathematical figure in those days. Clearly, the latter is not always a good thing. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction.

World of Books Ltd Condition: We are guided not only by Raban, but by Henry Mayhew and Charles Booth, along with numerous others from the cannon of city planning. Signed and inscribed by Raban in blue ink on title page with name of recipient erased. 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.

Their perceptions will not develop because they know the city too well, or not well enough, respectively. But he also seems like a man I really wouldn’t like. No eBook available Amazon. Soft city Jonathan Raban Oct 17, David Ostra rated it it was amazing Shelves: