Soft City

Soft City

by Jonathan Raban
     
 

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Jonathan Raban's vivid, often funny portrait of metropolitan life is part reportage, part incisive thesis, part intimate autobiography, and a much-quoted classic of the literature of the city. In an age when the big city has fewer friends than ever, this is a passionate and imaginative defense of city life, its "unique plasticity, its privacy and freedom." Soft…  See more details below

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Jonathan Raban's vivid, often funny portrait of metropolitan life is part reportage, part incisive thesis, part intimate autobiography, and a much-quoted classic of the literature of the city. In an age when the big city has fewer friends than ever, this is a passionate and imaginative defense of city life, its "unique plasticity, its privacy and freedom." Soft City, first published in 1974, records one man's attempt to plot a course through the urban labyrinth. Holding up a revealing mirror to the modern city, Raban finds it a stage for a demanding and expressive kind of personal drama.Readers of Arabia (1979), Old Glory (1982), Hunting Mister Heartbreak (1990), and, more recently, Badlands (1997) will be delighted to discover this early work by one of the most inventive and enjoyable writers of our time.

Editorial Reviews

Diane Johnson
Raban is a wonderful writer, with great powers of description, and above all the ability to interpret with elegant tact and lightness. -- New York Review of Books
Richard Freedman
His impressions are sensitive and informed and worth any amount of meaningless statistics and academic jargon. -- The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780002727785
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/1992
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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Angus Wilson
An absorbing book.
Jan Morris
A tour de force.

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