“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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Steven rated it really liked it Sep 05, Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Paperbackpages. Jul 24, Rachel Stevenson rated it really liked it. Soft city Jonathan Raban Good. Soft City A non fiction book by Jonathan Raban. The hippies and Hare Krishnas get a particular hosing down.

Soft City: A Documentary Exploration of Metropolitan Life by Jonathan Raban

How is it that the noisy, jostling, overwhelming metropolis leaves us at once jonathsn energised and so fragile? Justin rated it liked it Nov 11, Jan 08, Mike Mcconnell rated it it was amazing Shelves: His sharp, poignant wit gracefully lightens his factual presentation.

Most of the book is about woft London from the early 19th century to the mid s. Dec 20, Jane rated it liked it. Laura rated it it was amazing Jan 24, But in the city we are also afraid of being alone, clinging to the structures of daily life to ward off the chaos around us.

Read because of the following sentence in an article on “How digital is making maps personal” [ http: Soft City Jonathan Raban No preview available – The middle section was unfortunately dated and seemed to repeat the book’s earlier thesis that city life opens the door to facile thinking about people and one’s self.


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It was written in the s and it’s interesting to read from a “how times have changed” perspective as well. But this is a necessary failure, and one from which the reader can learn.

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

Its history stopped when householders could no longer afford squads of servants – somewhere between and A very frustrating read, particularly because it is clear that Raban is a capable writer, and probably some sort of capital-I intellectual. 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 raba London, with brief interludes into the America of Boston and New York.

Soft city Raban, Jonathan Paperback. His analysis is often really on point and he has a lot of great observations about rabam we interact with and live in the city. We are guided not only by Raban, but by Henry Mayhew and Charles Booth, along with numerous others from the cannon of city planning. At least I have the courtesy of using parentheses when I slip into diversions Picador Classic Raban, Jonathan Picador.

HarperCollins Distribution Services Availability: No marks in text. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Soft in monathan title, refers to the people populating a city, in contrast to the hard construction materials of the built environment.


Quotes from Soft City: Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! Vladimir Dimitrov rated it really liked it Mar 21, Oct 29, Mj Harding rated it liked it. Very good with slight shelf wear and minor soiling to top corner of front board; interior clean and unmarked. 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.

Soft City: A Documentary Exploration of Metropolitan Life

Sign In Register Help Cart. In ‘Soft City’, one of our most acclaimed novelists and travel writers seeks to find out. At times this leads to a faintly novelistic approach, even an overt one, such as the slightly sogt chapter about an Eastern European girl’s fleeting visit to London. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.

Soft city Jonathan Raban E. Clearly, the latter is not always a good thing. The city, our great modern form, is soft, amenable to a dazzling and libidinous variety of lives, dreams, interpretations.