Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 8 mar. 2016 - 464 pagini
Luc Sante's Low Life is a portrait of America's greatest city, the riotous and anarchic breeding ground of modernity.
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Preface THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT NEW YORK, IT MAY BE BRIEFLY DESCRIBED AS CONCERNING THE VICES AND LURES THAT THE CITY PROFFERED TO THE LOWER CLASSES IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, AND THE STREETS AND ALLEYS that were their theater.
In our time prostitutes walk where prostitutes walked a hundred years ago; the homeless are camped on the sites of nineteenth-century shantytowns; street peddlers pitch their wares in spots that once saw pushcart lineups or thieves' ...
The Dutch village of the seventeenth century is preserved in the close and knotted scale of the streets at the island's lower ... The breakup of the big family estates in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries has left both ...
The shantytowns spread through the late nineteenth century to all those dormant spots around and within the unrealized Central Park and well up into Harlem, the last of them not disappearing until the beginning of the present century, ...
After the mid-nineteenth century, the parts of Manhattan that lay ahead of the pick and shoveljumped directly from rural to urban without an intervening suburban stage, as the tempo of construction accelerated.
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There were a handful of interesting parts, but a lot of it turned into a laundry list of names. Once I decided to start skipping over parts that went too far down into details I started enjoying it a little more. Citește recenzia completă
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