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Imagined London by Anna Quindlen
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Jul 31, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: travel

This quirky, semi-travelogue appealed to me for a couple reasons: I too have lived a very vivid fictional life in London through my Anglophile tendencies, and I always identify with someone who loves something very much and tries to express that feeling to others. I can relate to excessive fangirl-ing, since I too am afflicted by the feeling that, when I like something, I REALLY like it.

I don't recall reading Quindlen before, but I enjoyed her voice and viewpoints. She does seem to center her addiction to London around several specific authors/subject: Dickens, Elizabeth I, Trollope, Bloomsbury. But I guess that's the point - she's trying to express how we can identify with London through the books we read, and her vision is colored by the aspects of London she likes to read about. I can deal with that.

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