Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London

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Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London

Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London

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Lewis-Stempel's powers of observation and ability to gloriously express them in writing are treasures. Having to look up terminology every few sentences breaks any immersion I may have with a book and therefor this failed fundamentaly for me. The unemployed (or underemployed), referred to as ‘noctivagants’, are equivalent to Karl Marx’s l umpenproletariat: an underclass subsisting at the edges of industrial society.

In one of his memorandum book entries from 1857, Dickens sketched out a plan for writing about the city in a new way.By the time you've stripped out poems by other authors, illustrations and footnotes to each walk giving other observations from the same season it's 30 pages long. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. A book claiming to "reveal a world bursting with life and normally hidden from view" but really is just a nicely worded description of some owls and a badger that then goes on to make a moralistic stance.

So erzählt er nicht nur die Geschichte seiner Wanderung, sondern auch die anderer Menschen, die er bewundert.

As an inveterate London walker (although always by day, hardly ever at night), this was a book I was keen to read. If nightwalking is a matter of going astray in the streets of the metropolis after dark, then nightwalkers represent some of the most suggestive and revealing guides to the neglected and forgotten aspects of the city. Soon the popular understanding of “nightlife” had expanded to include entertainment as well as thieves lurking in the shadows. I would not be surprised if the wonderful victory of humans, dwarves, and elves over the orcs was not given as one of the sources of night walking in Dickens time. He is the author of Utopia Ltd: Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England 1870 - 1900, and the coauthor, with Terry Eagleton, of The Task of the Critic: Terry Eagleton in Dialogue.

The author should have given a special mention in the acknowledgments to Walter Benjamin as he seemed to crib so much of his work esp on Baudelaire. I was surprised to read that he has won a prize for nature writing because to me the writing seemed awkward and forced but I must be in the minority - which is fine, we all enjoy different things. Auch wenn es sich um jeweils nur eine der zahlreichen Wanderungen handelt, die John Lewis-Stempel nachts unternimmt, hat er mich trotzdem an der ganzen Jahreszeit teilnehmen lassen.The illuminations that we take for granted today are, of course, a modern innovation; in centuries past, traversing the streets of London at night was a perilous undertaking. The topics should be interesting, and most often start off that way, but then Beaumont will slip into deep literary analysis that makes it impossible to stay engaged.

I started reading it and was disappointed that in the introduction he makes no effort to acknowledge that he is a white man and therefore can go for a walk in the middle of the night without really thinking about it. However, if you are inclined to give it a try, it more than pays off your time and effort as it is an intriguing study. I Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the authors nocturnal adventures and his excellent descriptions of all of the creatures who venture out at night.And basing a book around every time someone wrote the words “night” or “nightwalker” throughout history became very repetitive.



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