Edited by Heather Reyes, Katy Derbyshire
Part of the City-Lit Series series
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 200 pages, 10 line drawings
- Publisher: Oxygen Books
- Publication Date: 23/10/2009
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780955970047
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Review by Steve38
When Oxygen Books had the idea for literary city guides they hit gold. Better still they carried through on a good idea with excellent delivery. When I travel, the same as a lot of people, I like to have a look at a map, browse a guide book and, most importantly, find a book or two that is about or set in the city. It's good to get a writer's view of a place. Usually a place they know well, sometime a place on which they have an interesting take.The city-lit guide gives a whole book full of extracts from books in or about the city. This Berlin edition has given me an impression of the place, a taste of its history, people and character. It has whetted my appetite and given me a great list of books as a starting point to read more.The extracts are allowed to speak for themselves. They have the shortest of introduction from the editor if at all. There are a few line drawings. No other illustrations. No photographs. It is a book for the imagination.A couple of comments. Many of the extracts are from books by foreigners visiting Berlin. Not too many from Berliners themselves. Visitors are well worth reading. They bring both clear eyes and a desire to look. But residents know the place better. Did Berlin not raise many writers? All the information about the authors and their books from whence come the extracts is listed at the back as you would expect. Each extract is labelled as it is read but I sometimes thought it would be useful to have the year of publication or writing at the end of the extract. Just so that I was sure about the Berlin I had just been reading about.