Sacred River

Book - 2007
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The Thames displays the same qualities as London: The Biography: scholarship, wit, discursiveness, lovely descriptive writing, anecdotes, spirit of place and character. It is hugely enjoyable and sure to be another mammoth bestseller.

The Thames is about the river from source to sea, from prehistoric times to the present, its flora and fauna, the paintings and photographs inspired by the Thames, its geology, smells and colours, its literature, laws, magic and myths, its architecture, trade and weather.

The reader learns about the fishes that swim in the river and the boats that ply on its surface, about floods and tides, hauntings and suicides, miasmas and sewers, locks, weirs and embankments.

Here is Shelley floating on the river under poetical beech trees, Hogarth getting roaring drunk on a boat trip to Gravesend, William Morris wondering whether the same Thames water flowed past his windows in Hammersmith as flowed past his house at Kelmscott, 100 miles upriver.

Peter Ackroyd has a genius for digging out the most surprising and entertaining details, and for writing about them in the most magisterial prose.

Covers the history of the river of Thames. This book enables the reader to learn about the fishes that swim in the river and the boats that ply on its surface; about floods and tides; hauntings and suicides; miasmas and sewers; locks, weirs and embankments.

Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, c2007
ISBN: 9780701172848
Branch Call Number: 942.2 Ack
Characteristics: xiv, 490 p. : ill. (some col.), maps


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Mar 26, 2010

This is a lovingly told examination of the Thamesm England's most famous river. The author talks about the origins of the river, the litereature, music and art the river has spawned. He talks about its history, the bridges built over it and the tunnels dug beneath it.

Tracing its course and it's affect on the surroundings. He describes the people who have earned and continue to earn their living from the river.

He talks, too, about its highs and lows including how filthy it once was and how even though it is cleaner it will never be absolutely clean.

It is history and travel wrapped up in one package. Beautifly written and well researched/

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