Norton Book Of London by Wilson N A

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Essays and writings by such varied writers as Dickens, Boswell, Dostoyevsky, Lenin, and Martin Amis celebrate the city of London, its rich history, landmarks, people, culture, and more. 15,000 first printing.
 

About Wilson N A

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A. N. Wilson is the author of the acclaimed biographies Tolstoy, C. S. Lewis, Jesus, and Paul; God's Funeral, and several celebrated novels. He lives in London.
 
Published March 17, 1995 by W. W. Norton and Company, Inc.. 484 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Required reading for those who've read the three previous volumes of The Lampitt Papers books, this novel may hold less interest for others new to the series.

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Lewis, here critiques the Gospels and offers a lucid and absorbing, if inconclusive, meditation on the historical Jesus: the `` `real' Jesus amid so much religion and folk-lore.'' In Wilson's interpretation, Jesus was a Galilean holy man, an heir to the prophetic tradition, who possessed charisma...

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Initially, this latest work by prolific novelist ( Daughters of Albion ) and biographer ( Jesus ) Wilson, apparently invites readers onto his familiar, comfortably bourgeois and somewhat parochial territory, only to veer from the vicarage and village drawing rooms into darker, unexpectedly stark ...

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PW praised this fourth installment of the Lampitt Papers for its ""devastatingly funny scenes of the drug culture and of politically correct dinner parties."" (June)

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Wilson's book has its enjoyable moments, but readers will be better off opening any one of the volumes in Peter Gay's magisterial series, The Bourgeois Experience, Victoria to Freud.

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To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, as is frequently done in this quirky anthology, a reader who is tired of compilations about London is tired of life.

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