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London Under by Peter Ackroyd
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Dec 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in December, 2011

A little book on a deep topic. Very interesting overview (underview?) of the life beneath London's streets. Each chapter deals with a slightly different topic. I like the arrangement, starting with the oldest, though not necessarily deepest, aspects. Ackroyd starts with the natural world and then follows the changes made by man, weaving in an almost folkloric/psychological view throughout.

The book was accessible. The chapters are short. This is the kind of book you can pick up and enjoy in bits and pieces without feeling like you're loosing anything. However, it also makes it feel a bit disjointed. In particular, I felt the end was abrupt (the pages of index had me thinking there was more to the book than there was).

I appreciate the list of books for more reading at the end. There's obviously a quantity of works on the topic, but this would be a good starting point.

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