London Belongs to Me (Penguin Modern Classics)

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London Belongs to Me (Penguin Modern Classics)

London Belongs to Me (Penguin Modern Classics)

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We get a glimpse of the City itself through Mr Josser, as he retires from his job; we encounter London’s more Bohemian elements through the eyes of his daughter as she seeks an independent life for herself. I can tell when I've really liked something I've read, by the number of excerpts I want to include in a review; what emerges is that an excerpt can tell its own story so much better than a reviewer.

The other residents include the faded actress Connie; tinned food-loving Mr Puddy; widowed landlady Mrs Vizzard (whose head is turned by her new lodger, a self-styled 'Professor of Spiritualism'); and flashy young mechanic Percy Boon, whose foray into stolen cars descends into something much, much worse. Facing her own destitution, Connie could be forgiven for her fits of tears and melancholy as she lies in her lonely bed, but she always manages to find a reason to carry on, especially when it involves sticking her nose in where it’s not wanted. I am a born and bred Londoner and love no other place in the world in quite the same way I love this city. This book leads you up to Britain's engagement in the war and is interesting from the point of view of how ordinary Londoners felt about events taking them to that place; how they reacted to war news, to the strictures of rationing, to the nightly fires from bombing raids, factory work, the sheer stress of it all. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's pageview limit.Otto is something of a pantomime Nazi, with his conscientious ‘Sieg Heils,’ his unquestioning acceptance of party ideology and his worship of Hitler.

In addition, the reprints of John Healy’s The Grass Arena have a quote from Daniel Day-Lewis on them, and John Christopher’s The Death of Grass (out in April) will have a quote from Robert Macfarlane, who provides the introduction. The blackouts are vividly presented (“it had a sinister, almost solid, quality of its own, this blackout, so that you felt you had to carve your way through it, scraping and scooping out a passage as you went along”) and when Collins emphasises the carry-on attitude of Londoners during the war, it seems not so much heroic as dutiful (“[Mr Josser] had something else to think about.It is the perfect habitat for retired clerks, aspiring typists, faded actresses, failed dairy managers and self-sufficient (but only just) widows of property. This book was read in the first full week off work with the baby and I wrote the review up last week. Through the charlatan Squales, we are introduced to a minor constellation of astralists: the South London Spiritualist Movement and the South London Psychical Society as well their transpontine rivals, the Finsbury Park based North London Spiritualist Club and North Kensington Spiritualist Union. Although a (happy) resident of the north of England for over 20 years now, I was born in London and raised in the south, and first read this book about 15 years ago.

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