Night Haunts: A Journey Through the London Night

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Night Haunts A Journey Through the London Night Traditional depictions of London at night have imagined a lawless orgy of depravity and pestilence But is Britain s capital after dark now as bland and unthreatening as an evening in any new provincia
  • Title: Night Haunts: A Journey Through the London Night
  • Author: Sukhdev Sandhu
  • ISBN: 9781844676552
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Paperback
  • Traditional depictions of London at night have imagined a lawless orgy of depravity and pestilence But is Britain s capital after dark now as bland and unthreatening as an evening in any new provincial town Sukhdev Sandhu journeys across the city to find out whether the London night really has been rendered insipid by street lighting and CCTV Night Haunts seeks to reclaTraditional depictions of London at night have imagined a lawless orgy of depravity and pestilence But is Britain s capital after dark now as bland and unthreatening as an evening in any new provincial town Sukhdev Sandhu journeys across the city to find out whether the London night really has been rendered insipid by street lighting and CCTV Night Haunts seeks to reclaim the mystery and romance of the city to revitalize the great myth of London for a new century.
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    This book comes under the heading of unsatisfactory.A book about my favourite city at night I thought would be full of wonder It s full of depression It s as if the author can t find a single positive thing to say about London after dark And almost all the quotes he uses from people he interviewed are negative.I am giving him the benefit of the doubt because the book was published in 2007 over a decade ago Things may have changed for the better.All I know is his London after dark isn t mine.

    This is a slim volume but full of unexpected delights In a 24 7 city, what does go on while the rest of us are enjoying its pleasures or dreaming of the day ahead Those wonderful people in the dark or prowling through the city s ripped backsides Sandhu s journeys through night time London immediately brought to mind Gloria Swanson s famous last line in Sunset Boulevard and Iggy Pop s The Passenger Night Haunts is composed of vignettes of the people you never usually see, or don t want to see in [...]

    I picked this up in a travel bookstore in NYC remember travel bookstores because I read the chapter in which the author follows an exorcist around Clerkenwell It made me remember how much I loved the Mike Carey novels with much the same protagonist except that this story is true It s by far the most interesting story in this book and worth the price I paid for it.The other pieces are of varying depths and therefore of varying appeal The text is written in London slang, some of which I got from c [...]

    At first glance, this is exactly my kind of book and probably is for most writers The author picks several wonderfully unusual occupations that go on at night in London and follows them for a shift helicopter policemen, an exorcist, an urban fox hunter, nuns in an enclosed order When I read about this book I could not contain my excitement it is a terrific idea Unfortunately it doesn t deliver at all The book is scant on conveying the actual experience of, say, a night with the avian police We g [...]

    In Night Haunts Sandhu explores a variety of people in London who are active at night helicopter police, suicide hotline operators, sewage workers, mini cab drivers, fox hunters, and insomniacs all the nocturnal occupants of the city The book is composed of short chapters on each group, each containing brief quotations and descriptions of these individuals, but mostly consisting of Sandhu s eloquent ruminations on these people and their lives Each group compromises an often ignored segment of so [...]

    This is a slim book, and takes even less time to read than that might suggest almost a pamphlet, it wouldn t even have sustained a day s Zone 2 commute and lunch break without support It s also intermittently infuriating at times Sandhu drops sniffy comments about psychogeographers in the mass, even as his own style seems very similar to a 30% less feverish Iain Sinclair At times he makes comments regarding such well worn topics as CCTV and the capital s takeover by Capital which are so received [...]

    A great premise I ve read some H V Morton, who was an inspiration for Sandhu, and Sandhu does him justice in taking further his research into what goes on once darkness falls I think this will appeal to every true Londoner My main gripe is that the language is too blowsy and overdoses on grandiose generalities, not to say stereotypes Thankfully, the tendency in the opening chapters to indulge in hyphenated adjectives, often in succession, declines as the book progresses If you can cut through th [...]

    I was a little uneasy on reading the introduction to this that Sandhu s rather cerebral style would marr what is the otherwise excellent idea of exploring the city of London through the residents who live life through its long dark nights, but I was soon reassured Sandhu is a great writer, if a little too clever clever at times, and the vignettes of life after dark in the big smoke is genuinely fascinating, creepy, and at times rather moving he is also a keen observer and critic of London s down [...]

    For a preview of this book, check out Sukhdev s alley at 2ndavepoetry He read a portion of this work at our most recent event at Lolita Bar He stole the show, and got everyone repeating the Brit slang dodgy.

    Gorgeous writing, with vividly painted pictures of London at night The stories were fascinating and detailed.

    A very lyrical look at night time London from the viewpoint of various professions street cleaners, barge pilots, cab drivers, etc At 139 pages, the book is unfortunately too short.

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