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Read Literary Landscapes 107 Ú The anticipated follow up to the book lovers' favorite Literary Wonderlands Literary Landscapes delves deep into the geography location and terrain of our best loved literary works and looks at how setting and environmental attributes influence storytelling character and our emotional response as readers Fully illustrated with hundThe anticipated follow up to the book lovers' favorite Literary Wonderlands Literary Landscapes delves deep into the geography location and terrain of our best loved literary works and looks at how setting and environmental attributes influence storytelling character and our emotional response as readers Fully illustrated with hundreds of full color images throughout Some stories couldn't happen just anywhere As is the case with. ‘’Literary landscape is composed of words which must be recomposed in a frame of imagination ‘’The inward eye’’ British ‘’Lakeland’’ poet William Wordsworth called it drawing a distinction between perception and imagination Just as the painter can choose his balance of verisimilitude striving for eye witnessed accuracy and creative depiction so the writer must decide how much of an influence his ‘’inward eye’’ will have on the scene depicted What one might call ‘’creative bias’’ comes into it subjective coloration And sometimes moral judgement’’ John Sutherland One of the most precious gifts reading can give us is travelling When we hold a book in our hands we enter houses we travel to cities to countries to continents that we may never have the chance to see in ‘’real life’’ Through reading we can form images fall in love with cities and this is how a fervent wish to visit a country starts We often say that cities become characters in novels They shape the narrative the personality of the characters their thoughts and opportunities their hopes and disappointments Reading allows us to travel back in time and witness a city changing through the eras though conflicts and wars and social development This marvelous book is the embodiment of all the features we love Containing beautiful essays edited by John Sutherland and embellished with outstanding illustrations paintings posters and memorabilia Literary Landscapes is an astonishing journey around the world a return to the past an understanding of the way a city can not only influence but forge our soul and spirit ‘’I lingered round them under that benign sky watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass and wondered how any one could ever imagine unuiet slumbers for the sleepers in that uiet earth’’ Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte Where else could Heathcliff and Cathy experience their ordeals but in the moors a place of wild obsessive threatening beauty Dickens’s Bleak House was a reflection in the mirror of London the seemingly cultured and utterly corrupted and metropolis where children faced their nightmares ‘’Fog everywhere Fog up the river where it flows among green airs and meadows; fog down the river where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great and dirty city’’ Bleak House Charles Dickens Let us walk to Paris passing injustice passing the barricades watching the Parisian youth demand democracy guided by Victor Hugo at the side of Jean Valjean Witness the glory of Moscow and St Petersburg and unwind in Pokrovskoe exchanging philosophical remarks with Levin turning a blind eye to Anna Karenina’s fate Far are the Scottish Highlands where Robert Louis Stevenson narrates a story rising from the fog and the moors From Scotland to Canada and the wildly beautiful Prince Edward Island in the company of brilliant Anna from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables Read DHLawrence’s The Rainbow carefully a hymn to sensuality and self discovery and an homage to Nottinghamshire Travel to Norway during the Middle Ages full of religious and political conflicts depicted in Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdotter Feel your heart breaking witnessing the emotional ordeal of Newland Archer struggling to defy the norms of the New York high society elouently highlighted in Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence Decipher Bloom’s troubled mind and musings within a day walking around James Joyce’s Dublin and Ulysses and then find yourself trying to understand London through Clarissa and Septimus in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway From one metropolis to another because Gatsby is standing there gazing at the green light across the bay in East Egg Return to Europe and witness the cancer that the Fascists have brought to the Eternal City in Alberto Moravia’s Gli Indifferenti Further North at the same time all kinds of marginalized citizens have been gathered in Alexanderplatz Alfred Döblin is there to draw their portraits Isaac Babel’s stories are populated with prostitutes beggars and rabble rousers residents of the Moldavanka district in Odessa Ukraine Let us jump to Massachusetts where the Southern Gothic the grotesue the supernatural the humane is born from the pen of William Faulkner in Absalom Absalom A young woman wife to a fascinating man is waiting to uncover the secret of Rebecca residing in Daphne du Maurier’s beloved Cornwall A winter’s night is the perfect opportunity for Frits van Egters’s pain to come to the surface in Gerard Reve’s The Evenings And who can forget Wales and especially Laugharne as depicted in Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood Return to Russian and Moscow and witness the duel between the Devil and Margarita in Mikhail Bulgakov’s immortal subversive masterpiece Back to England and Dorset in the enigmatic presence of Sarah Woodruff in John Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman Let us party but carefully in Jay Mcinerney’s New York living the failed dream of Bright Lights Big City Listen to the whispers of the ghosts in Tokyo where curses and demons compose a crime tale in The Summer of the Ubume by Natsuhiko Kyōgoku very different from the Gothic spirits of cursed books in beautiful Barcelona of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the WindIs that all No Travel to India Nigeria New Zealand Germany Austria China Australia Venezuela BrazilThis book is a mega ticket to a literary journey unlike any other ‘’We are as never before a travelling ‘’sight seeing’’ ‘’place knowing’’ race of humans It is a privilege The contention of this book grandiose it may sound but genuine is that we should cultivate our historically uniue sense of place and use the resource of great literature available to us like travel than our ancestors to do so Enjoy’’ John Sutherland My reviews can also be found on

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All great literature the setting scenery and landscape are as central to the tale as any character and just as easily recognized Literary Landscapes brings together than 50 literary worlds and examines how their description is intrinsic to the stories that unfold within their bordersFollow Leopold Bloom's footsteps around Dublin Hear the music of the Mississippi River steamboats that set the score for Huckleberry Finn Experienc. The sense of place can be a major factor in a book’s success – did you know there is a whole literary prize devoted to just this The Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize “for a distinguished work of fiction non fiction or poetry evoking the spirit of a place” No matter when or where a story is set an author can bring it to life through authentic details that appeal to all the senses making you feel like you’re on Prince Edward Island or in the Gaudarrama Mountains even if you’ve never visited Atlantic Canada or central Spain The 75 essays of Literary Landscapes a follow up volume to 2016’s celebrated Literary Wonderlands illuminate the real life settings of fiction from Jane Austen’s time to today Maps author and cover images period and modern photographs and other full color illustrations aboundEach essay serves as a compact introduction to a literary work incorporating biographical information about the author useful background and context on the book’s publication and observations on the geographical location as it is presented in the story – often through a set of direct uotations Because each work is considered as a whole you may come across spoilers so keep that in mind before you set out to read an essay about a classic you haven’t read but still intend to The authors profiled range from Mark Twain to Yukio Mishima and from Willa Cather to Elena Ferrante A few of the world’s great cities appear in multiple essays though New York City as variously depicted by Edith Wharton Jay McInerney and Francis Spufford is so different as to be almost unrecognizable as the same placeOne of my favorite pieces is on Charles Dickens’s Bleak House “Dickens was not interested in writing a literary tourist’s guide” it explains; “He was using the city as a metaphor for how the human condition could unattended go wrong” I also particularly enjoyed those on Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped The fact that I used to live in Woking gave me a special appreciation for the essay on HG Wells’s The War of the Worlds “a novel that takes the known landscape and brilliantly estranges it” The two novels I’ve been most inspired to read are Thomas Wharton’s Icefields 1995; set in Jasper Alberta and Kate Grenville’s The Secret River 2005; set in New South WalesThe essays vary subtly in terms of length and depth with some focusing on plot and themes and others thinking about the author’s experiences and geographical referents They were contributed by academics writers and critics some of whom were familiar names for me – including Nicholas Lezard Robert Macfarlane Laura Miller Tim Parks and Adam Roberts My main gripe about the book would be that the individual essays have no bylines so to find out who wrote a certain one you have to flick to the back and skim through all the contributor biographies until you spot the book in uestion There are also a few typos than I tend to expect from a finished book from a traditional press eg “Lady Deadlock” in the Bleak House essay Still it is a beautifully produced richly informative tome that should make it onto many a Christmas wish list this year; it would make an especially suitable gift for a young person heading off to study English at university It’s one to have for reference and dip into when you want to be inspired to discover a new place via an armchair visitOriginally published with images on my blog Bookish Beck

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Literary LandscapesE the rugged bleakness of New Foundland in Annie Proulx's The Shipping News or the soft Neapolitan breezes in My Brilliant Friend The landscapes of enduring fictional characters and literary legends are vividly brought to life evoking all the sights and sounds of the original works Literary Landscapes will transport you to the fictions greatest lands and allow you to connect to the story and the author's intent in a whole new wa. I'm someone who really appreciates a good setting in a book so I thought this might be a fun book to browse through At first I only read the entries for the books I have read but then continued to the books that I had on my TBR I was enjoying it so much I ended up reading all 73 entriesThis was a great book for spot reading and I added a few new titles to my TBR which was nice