The Thames: A Cultural History (Landscapes of the Imagination)

by Mick Sinclair | Other |
ISBN: 0195314921 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wing6of8wing of Silver Spring, Maryland USA on 3/19/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wing6of8wing from Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Sunday, March 19, 2017
A book that I recently acquired for the purposes of giving it away.

Journal Entry 2 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Saturday, March 25, 2017
My grandmother was born in Gravesend, Kent, and immigrated to the US at about 7 years old. She never got to return to England, but was always nostalgic for it. A few years back, I had the opportunity to visit Gravesend on a trip to the UK and I felt that I understood her a little better for having done so. Sadly, the segment about Gravesend in this book is only 1 page long and comes at the very end. It talks about the gravesite of Pocahontas, which I visited while there.

This book interested me because of my connection to the Thames river as well as its place in the popular images of England. I did enjoy it, but found myself wishing for a lot more photos to accompany the discussions of locations along the way. I realize that the book is part of a series on the landscape of imagination, but I wished I didn't have to try to imagine the buildings described quite frequently as I read. My othef frustration was with the copy editing. There were frequent sentences where the inclusion or omission of a preposition would have saved me rereading to make sense. At different times, I wondered if this was just because of the differences in usage between British and American English, but I read enough British books that I don't see how that could be.

All in all, an informative read, although I think it would be more enjoyable for someone who is much more familiar with the area and doesn't get as frustrated by lack of illustrations or photos.

Journal Entry 3 by wing6of8wing at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Maryland USA on Saturday, February 10, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (2/10/2018 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Maryland USA

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Journal Entry 4 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Made a short stop at my house for Biographies of Things book box. It will stay in the box.

Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, May 26, 2018
I'm claiming this from the Biographies of Things bookbox. I'm an ardent Anglophile, and this looks just the thing - not least because I'm currently enjoying a novel in which the rivers of London have anthropomorphic personifications who join in the politics and social life of the city... (See also the graphic novels, including Rivers of London: Body Work.)

Later: Very informative and often enjoyable, especially when the book touched on places I've visited (and/or read about). From the earliest history to the ecological concerns to the impressive Thames Barrier, there's a lot to learn about the river!

Journal Entry 6 by wingGoryDetailswing at Red's Eats in Wiscasset, Maine USA on Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (8/8/2018 UTC) at Red's Eats in Wiscasset, Maine USA

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I plan to leave this book on a bench near Red's Eats this afternoon, while stopping by for their incomparable lobster rolls. Hope someone enjoys the book!

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