City of the Mind

City of the Mind

A Novel

Book - 1991
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Haunted by London's past, present, and future, architect Matthew Halland relies on his daughter, Jane, and his new love, Sarah, to keep him sane in a monstrous urban environment

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollinsPublishers, 1991
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780060166663
Characteristics: 231 p. ; 22 cm


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May 01, 2018

Our library got new copies of this Penelope Lively book first published in the Thatcher years. It follows architect Matthew Halland as he goes about business and spends Saturdays with daughter Jane and contemplates his life and London’s history.

A must read for Anglophiles and Lively fans. Beautiful ode to a city and its inhabitants through time. I was reminded of two other London-based books with similar interior monologues: Virginia Woolf’s 'Mrs. Dalloway' and Ian McEwan’s 'Saturday.' Very good.


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