- File Size: 3620 KB
- Print Length: 485 pages
- Publisher: Victorian London Ebooks (January 1, 1859)
- Publication Date: January 1, 1859
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00563H2NO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Twice Round the Clock : Twenty Four Hours in Victorian London (Victorian London Ebooks Book 6) Kindle Edition
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The book is such a potpourri of, as Sala himself puts it - His use of foreign tongues and extremely obscure English words is only to be matched by Joyce himself! - "nolens volens" flashbacks, embellished descriptions, satire, and extremely minute and exhaustive observations that only lovers of language, languages, I should say - will be able to tolerate, let alone delight in it. But, as it happens, such a one am I.
The one strain running consistently throughout the book is the unflinching description of the London poor, which occurs in well-nigh every chapter. Sala was close friends with Dickens, who more or less sponsored him for a time, and shared the famous writer's concern for the downtrodden. The theme, if it can be said to have one, is the plight of the poor in London at all hours of the day and night.
The book is so higgledy-piggledy in all other regards that one can't, strictly, call it an exactingly true account of London at the time. Instead, it accomplishes something much grander, it exudes the very spirit of London as Sala experienced it, and delightfully so.
It is, to use an Italian expression which Sala employs frequently, very ben trovato!