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  1. Retrieved Thread... Lady Lazarus Lady Lazarus is offline Founder Member Join Date: Dec 2004 Location: London Posts: 346 Default London Orbital -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I hoped the BGO Book Group would read this in December, but it was beaten by somethine totally different (which I loved, as it happens), but I thought I'd read this anyway, and I'm glad I did. The book is the snippets and general tit-bits of a series of walks Iain Sinclair and his various chums did around the M25. I found the writing style took a while to get used to, and was on the verge of givin up at one point as the oftn very short sentences with no verbs in took a while to get used to. Sinclair also changes topic a little too swiftly sometimes, leaving you in limbo a little bit. However, with a little perseverence, this is a really good book. Surprisingly, for a book supposedly about the M25, it covers topics as diverse as Dracula, the closure of asylums (many of which were spread around the M25), and modern artists. Rather than a book about the history of the M25 and why it was built, it is more a collection of anecdotes and bits of research about the places around the M25 and the topics they throw up. Unusual, and not what I was expecting, but fascinating. I did feel that the general pitch of the book was somewhat above my head in places, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. __________________ My Book List 2006 Currently reading: Howards End by EM Forster Recently finished:London Orbital by Iain Sinclair Reply With Quote Lady Lazarus View Public Profile Send a private message to Lady Lazarus Find all posts by Lady Lazarus Add Lady Lazarus to Your Buddy List #2 Old Yesterday, 08:26 PM Slowreader Slowreader is offline Founder Member Join Date: Jan 2005 Location: Villaland Posts: 176 Default -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Only Sinclair could have written a readable book about this journey in my opinion. I too found it hard to get going (the Millenium and Lea Valley introductions were not easy) but once I got used to his style it was an enjoyable romp around the circuit - particularly if I had the AZ and road atlas handy! I have followed it up by occasionally reading a chapter of 'Lights Out for the Territory' - it will probably feature in my 'books read' lost in about 2009! I know what you mean about it going over your head - sometimes I'll list and look up all the references in a chapter of 'Lights Out' and it takes ages to work through them as the text is so content-rich. Perhaps I'll do the same for sections of Orbital some time. __________________ There's more to life than books you know But not much more, not much more Reply With Quote Slowreader View Public Profile Send a private message to Slowreader Find all posts by Slowreader Add Slowreader to Your Buddy List #3 Old Yesterday, 09:28 PM chuntzy chuntzy is offline Resident Join Date: Oct 2006 Location: South Yorkshire Posts: 317 Default -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I read this book some time ago and although it can be. to say the least, odd, jumpy and 'strange', you somehow feel a certain loyalty to the author (and his publisher) for somehow not caring a sh-t about us readers and doing his own sweet serendipitous way with the unlovely far outskirts of of the metropolis. I've got a strang affection for Iain Sinclair as, it appears, do a certain rather cultish readership. Keep going Iain.
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