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  • terry foreman
    September 13, 2012 On the Street Where You Live: Real Estate in Literature Posted by Ian
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 23, 2012
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      September 13, 2012

      On the Street Where You Live: Real Estate in Literature

      Posted byIan Crouch

      John Lanchester’s recent novel, “Capital,” is full of sharply drawn characters, men and women living at different points on the class spectrum of modern England, whose lives intersect in a series of increasingly fraught episodes. Yet one of its most memorable characters isn’t a person at all, but, rather, a street.

      In the book’s brief, shimmering prologue, Lanchester lingers for a moment on “an ordinary-looking street in South London” called Pepys Road, a name that tellingly alludes to Samuel Pepys, a seventeenth-century bureaucrat whose decade-long diary, begun in 1660, has in the years since filled out the historical portrait of London. “Capital” is not a diary, nor is it, though Lanchester is a fine journalist in addition to being a novelist, essentially journalistic—but it is nonetheless animated by the urge to catalogue and inform. It is a big realist Novel of the Now, and one of its aims is to capture a specific moment in time. That moment is London in 2007 and 2008, on either side of the global financial meltdown, and Pepys Road is at once an illustration of the pre-crash condition of ever-increasing real-estate wealth and a shorthand for the patterns of behavior that built to that tenuous apex.


    • Phil Gyford
      Coincidentally, I did some of the web development work on this, and the whole thing was put together by friends of mine. It s quite a nice site to try,
      Message 2 of 3 , Sep 24, 2012
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        Coincidentally, I did some of the web development work on this, and the whole thing was put together by friends of mine. It's quite a nice site to try, although, other than the name, there's no connection to Pepys.

        Phil


        On 23 Sep, 2012, at 22:37, terry foreman <terry.foreman@...> wrote:



        September 13, 2012

        On the Street Where You Live: Real Estate in Literature

        Posted by Ian Crouch

        John Lanchester’s recent novel, “Capital,” is full of sharply drawn characters, men and women living at different points on the class spectrum of modern England, whose lives intersect in a series of increasingly fraught episodes. Yet one of its most memorable characters isn’t a person at all, but, rather, a street.

        In the book’s brief, shimmering prologue, Lanchester lingers for a moment on “an ordinary-looking street in South London” called Pepys Road, a name that tellingly alludes to Samuel Pepys, a seventeenth-century bureaucrat whose decade-long diary, begun in 1660, has in the years since filled out the historical portrait of London. “Capital” is not a diary, nor is it, though Lanchester is a fine journalist in addition to being a novelist, essentially journalistic—but it is nonetheless animated by the urge to catalogue and inform. It is a big realist Novel of the Now, and one of its aims is to capture a specific moment in time. That moment is London in 2007 and 2008, on either side of the global financial meltdown, and Pepys Road is at once an illustration of the pre-crash condition of ever-increasing real-estate wealth and a shorthand for the patterns of behavior that built to that tenuous apex.







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        Phil Gyford





      • terry foreman
        Nice gig, Phil. And you are another connection to Pepys for that site. - ;-P Terry ... Nice gig, Phil. And you are another connection to Pepys for that site. -
        Message 3 of 3 , Sep 24, 2012
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          Nice gig, Phil.

          And you are another connection to Pepys for that site. - ;-P

          Terry


          On Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 4:21 AM, Phil Gyford <lists@...> wrote:


          Coincidentally, I did some of the web development work on this, and the whole thing was put together by friends of mine. It's quite a nice site to try, although, other than the name, there's no connection to Pepys.

          Phil


          On 23 Sep, 2012, at 22:37, terry foreman <terry.foreman@...> wrote:



          September 13, 2012

          On the Street Where You Live: Real Estate in Literature

          Posted by Ian Crouch

          John Lanchester’s recent novel, “Capital,” is full of sharply drawn characters, men and women living at different points on the class spectrum of modern England, whose lives intersect in a series of increasingly fraught episodes. Yet one of its most memorable characters isn’t a person at all, but, rather, a street.

          In the book’s brief, shimmering prologue, Lanchester lingers for a moment on “an ordinary-looking street in South London” called Pepys Road, a name that tellingly alludes to Samuel Pepys, a seventeenth-century bureaucrat whose decade-long diary, begun in 1660, has in the years since filled out the historical portrait of London. “Capital” is not a diary, nor is it, though Lanchester is a fine journalist in addition to being a novelist, essentially journalistic—but it is nonetheless animated by the urge to catalogue and inform. It is a big realist Novel of the Now, and one of its aims is to capture a specific moment in time. That moment is London in 2007 and 2008, on either side of the global financial meltdown, and Pepys Road is at once an illustration of the pre-crash condition of ever-increasing real-estate wealth and a shorthand for the patterns of behavior that built to that tenuous apex.







          -- 
          Phil Gyford








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