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Imagined London (edition 2004)

by Anna Quindlen

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Member:Harrod
Title:Imagined London
Authors:Anna Quindlen
Info:National Geographic (2004), Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Biography, Travel, London

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Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City by Anna Quindlen

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    The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff (lahochstetler)
    lahochstetler: Two Americans tour the London of literature
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Imagined London: A Tour of the World 19s Greatest Fictional City 13Anna Quidlen
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The title of this small book describes its contents precisely. Using well known
works of literature as a starting point, Anna Quidlen rambles through London
comparing the actual city with the one she knows from fiction. Although there
were some points of interest and humor, most of the book was tediously dry.

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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
In the last year I have enjoyed reading titles in the National Geographic Directions series. These are books about places that are written by well known authors, but they are not strictly travel books. Each book takes a little different angle on the place than that of "go see the famous sites, and here is my list of favorites" kind of book. These are really long essay's and rarely go beyond 170 pages in length. Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City by Anna Quindlen was part of this series. Her angle on London was that of literary lover and author. She tells the reader about the Grocho Club and the townhouses of Galsworthy's "Forsyte Saga." She takes us to the home of Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes and other famous streets and literary sites. Of course, she also goes to Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, but the book doesn't dwell there. It is about the streets and living places in London, which gives it a unique and fresh look at the city. This is another fine entry in this series and one I highly recommend. ( )
  benitastrnad | May 23, 2016 |
Interesting review of London as seen from a literary viewpoint. I wished for a list of all the books the author mentioned, and a map of London! ( )
  LadyoftheLodge | Feb 4, 2015 |
I enjoyed this, especially because I was just home from my own trip to London. The author mentions and even quotes lots of my favorite books set in London, but the book seems to have no organizing principle. Occasionally she'd talk about one writer or one neighborhood for a few pages, or the dramatic rebuilding of London after the war, but not consistently. She wanders cheerfully from topic to topic.

I kept thinking of all the children's books I've read that were set in London! ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
Enjoyed all the literary references. Interesting and fun book. ( )
  Harrod | Dec 8, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0792242076, Paperback)

Anna Quindlen first visited London from a chair in her suburban Philadelphia home—in one of her beloved childhood mystery novels. She has been back to London countless times since, through the pages of books and in person, and now, in Imagined London, she takes her own readers on a tour of this greatest of literary cities.

While New York, Paris, and Dublin are also vividly portrayed in fiction, it is London, Quindlen argues, that has always been the star, both because of the primacy of English literature and the specificity of city descriptions. She bases her view of the city on her own detailed literary map, tracking the footsteps of her favorite characters: the places where Evelyn Waugh's bright young things danced until dawn, or where Lydia Bennett eloped with the dastardly Wickham.

In Imagined London, Quindlen walks through the city, moving within blocks from the great books of the 19th century to the detective novels of the 20th to the new modernist tradition of the 21st. With wit and charm, Imagined London gives this splendid city its full due in the landscape of the literary imagination.

Praise for Imagined London:

"Shows just how much a reading experience can enrich a physical journey." —New York Times Book Review

"An elegant new work of nonfiction... People will be inspired by this book." —Ann Curry, Today

"An affectionate, richly allusive tribute to the city." —Kirkus Reviews

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"This book is a tale of three cities: the fictional London that lives in the pages of writers from Shakespeare to P. D. James and Martin Amis; the historical metropolis where so many immortal authors have made their homes; and the vibrant capital that today welcomes visitors from all over the world. Anna Quindlen evokes all three as she travels from Sherlock Holmes's digs at 221b Baker Street (as real an imaginary address as there ever was), to Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey, a memorial to the greatest writers of our language, to Hyde Park Gate, the genteel neighborhood from which Galsworthy's Forsyte Saga unfolds. We stroll through elegant squares that summon the ghosts of characters from Thackeray and Trollope, and pause at a pub whose ornate sign would be familiar to anyone - real or fictional - from Shakespeare's era to today." "At once a tribute to one of the world's greatest cities and a freewheeling celebration of the rich literature it has inspired, this is a writer's vision of a world both imagined and utterly true - all gathered, refracted, and reflected in a magical mirror called London."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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