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A Horror and a Beauty: The World of Peter Ackroyd's London Novels
Peter Ackroyd’s writing is obsessed with the defining heterogeneity of London—its rich diversity of human experience, mood, and emotion, of actions and events, and of the tools through which all of this heterogeneity is represented and reenacted. But for Ackroyd, one of the foremost of the so-called “London writers,” this energizing heterogeneity also has a sinister side, ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published December 15th 2016 by Karolinum Press, Charles University
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This is a most enjoyable study of Peter Ackroyd's London-based novels. Inevitably there will be chances to nit-pick with a work of literary criticism, but these are outweighed far by the positives. Chalupský’s study espouses a sympathetic reading of the novels; the reader is to eschew traditional preconceptions of narrative structure and style in favour of a freer, more receptive approach. He shows how Ackroyd’s portrayal of London embraces a variety of contexts, yet remains idiosyncratic and ...more