London Orbital

by Iain Sinclair | Reference |
ISBN: 9780141014746 Global Overview for this book
Registered by davemurray101 of Lower Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on 4/12/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by davemurray101 from Lower Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, April 12, 2008
Best Iain Sinclair book I have read so far and justifiably part of the 1001 books to read before you die, and being one of the only nonfiction works in it.
Sinclair's book starts out as a walking tour around the M25 in London, the orbital motorway that most of London is ashamed of. Throughout his tour he highlights the interesting stories of the outer suburbs of London, and something he calls 'Psychogeography'. Overall London Orbital is a work of social history that wont send you to sleep.

INTL BOOKRAY - 1001 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE

1. RuthyToothy
2. Fushmush
3. cally-c
4. wanderingstar8
5. ekranda
6. afraberg
7. katrinat
8. Tubereader
9.ealasaidmae
10. Jubby
11. TQD
12. Cat207




Released 13 yrs ago (4/20/2008 UTC) at To the next participant in Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada

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Sent to RuthyToothy by mail

Journal Entry 3 by RuthyToothy on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Book arrived safely in Scotland yesterday :-) I've one BookRing book ahead of it, but should get to it within a couple of weeks :-)

Journal Entry 4 by RuthyToothy on Saturday, July 26, 2008
I'm not sure what I expected here - I think I was curious to see what the book was like, really! It was an enjoyable read, and I was particularly interested to realise just how many ruined asylums there are around London! I did find myself wishing there were some pictures to accompany the narration though, especially because Sinclair frequently mentions photos being taken, and I started to get frustrated wanting to see what he was talking about! I'll be mailing this on to Fushmush early this week, as I already have their address :-)

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Mailed 2nd class to Fushmush :-)

Journal Entry 6 by fushmush from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, August 10, 2008
Received safely. I have 1.5 bookrays ahead of it. Should get to it soon enough.

Journal Entry 7 by fushmush from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Ok! I'm giving up... I started to read this and struggled. I put it down, meaning to pick it back up but never did. Now I'm just holding it up for no good reason. I hate to give up on a book but I'm just not at the right place right now to read this. (Funny, considering that is London!)

Maybe I will revisit it in the future. I'm disappointed as I was actually looking forward to it. I hate to let it beat me :(

Journal Entry 8 by fushmush at Sent To The Next Bookcrosser, Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, October 01, 2008

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Mailed to the Cally-C, next on the list.

Journal Entry 9 by cally-c from Alfreton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Thursday, October 02, 2008
Arrived this morning. I have a 'queue' of rings/rays at the mo, but I'll get to this in turn.

Journal Entry 10 by cally-c from Alfreton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Thursday, November 06, 2008
I have struggled with this one so much! I just couldn't get into the writing style & so I am admitting defeat half-way through!
I think I also would have benefited from photos and maps, being unfamiliar with the area probabaly didn't help!
I have PM'd wanderingstar8 & the book will be on its way as soon as poss.
Thanks davemurray101 for sharing & Fushmush for sending on to me.

Journal Entry 11 by cally-c at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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Posted to wanderingstar8.

Journal Entry 12 by wanderingstar8 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, November 14, 2008
Arrived today. I have one other bookring to read, but I'll get to this next.

Journal Entry 13 by wanderingstar8 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, December 28, 2008
I wanted to like this - I really did. But unfortunately it's been added to my pile of unfinished Iain Sinclair books. I think there were two key problems for me.

One is, polemic generally makes me feel contrary, however much I am normally inclined to agree with the point of view, and so it happened here. I understand Sinclair's sympathy for everything which is airbrushed out of history - but after a few blistering paragraphs I want to argue the benefits of urban regeneration.

The second is, this book was such a mixture - digression, personal history, free association. Some of the observations and images are complete gems. But they are buried in the mass of the writing, some of which is almost an in-joke, some of which is irrelevant... I started dipping in, a few paragraphs at a time, to make sure I could savour the good bits, but I ended up feeling that there just weren't enough to make the effort worthwhile.

Sigh.

Journal Entry 14 by Paws4Books from Deal, Kent United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Arrived today alongside 2 other bookrays - i promise to try and get round to reading this as soon as i can! Thanks for sharing.

*Update 27 March - Just starting this one. Sorry i've had it for so long i've had so much going on recently that i've just not been able to read much at all. I hope to read this soon and get it on its way to the next person on the list!

*Update 17 April - Ok still reading it but it's a bit heavy alongside the academic work i'm doing right now - kind of need a contrast to the text books and i think this might be the wrong time for me to be reading this one. Going to read on a little further and if it doesn't start flowing soon i will get the book moving again and send it on to the next person on the list. Sorry i've held it up for so long!

Journal Entry 15 by Paws4Books from Deal, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 29, 2009
After a struggle with reading this one and completing an outrageous amount of assignments all due in around the same time I finally have to admit defeat. It's just too heavy for me at this time...perhaps one day I shall try again!

I have been in touch with afraberg and hope to send the book off soon. Thank you very much for your patience and sharing the book with me.

3 May - Afraberg has asked to be skipped will now contact Katrinat.

Journal Entry 16 by Paws4Books at to next participant, a ring/ray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, May 06, 2009

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posted off to the next person. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 17 by katrinat from Southend-on-Sea, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, May 07, 2009
Arrived today, been wanting to read this for a while hope its good

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Off to Tubereader - She will be picking it up towards the end of the month

Journal Entry 19 by Tubereader from Lenningen / Lenneng, Kanton Remich Luxembourg on Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The book arrived safely in London and I have taken it back with me to Luxembourg!

Thanks davemurray101 for sharing and katrinat for posting it to me.

As I have just finished reading the previous book on my TBR, I will start this one tonight.

Journal Entry 20 by Tubereader from Lenningen / Lenneng, Kanton Remich Luxembourg on Saturday, August 22, 2009
Quick note to let everybody know that I am still reading this book. It is taking me an awful lot of time to get through it but I do not want to admit defeat just yet! I've read a bit more than half of it by now! Pming ealasaidmae for their address now so I can post as soon as I am done.

Journal Entry 21 by Tubereader from Lenningen / Lenneng, Kanton Remich Luxembourg on Saturday, August 22, 2009
Quick note to let everybody know that I am still reading this book. It is taking me an awful lot of time to get through it but I do not want to admit defeat just yet! I've read a bit more than half of it by now! Pming ealasaidmae for their address now so I can post as soon as I am done.

Journal Entry 22 by Tubereader from Lenningen / Lenneng, Kanton Remich Luxembourg on Sunday, August 30, 2009
Having lived in London for 4 years, I was really curious to read this book. I must say I am a bit disappointed. I must have missed the point of it, as, after reading it for more than a month, I am still struggling to say what the book was about. I agree with some of the previous comments stating that pictures would have been helpful...

I already have ealasaidmae's address and will post it asap.

THanks davemurray101 for sharing, this means another 1001 book ticked-off the list!

Journal Entry 23 by Tubereader at Luxembourg / Lëtzebuerg, Kanton Luxemburg Luxembourg on Tuesday, September 01, 2009

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The book was posted to ealasaidmae yesterday.

Happy reading!

Journal Entry 24 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Friday, September 04, 2009
This arrived today and having glanced through some of the previous JEs I am feeling intimidated. But I shall persevere.

Journal Entry 25 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Friday, September 18, 2009
Well, I tried. I've been struggling with this book for two weeks now and I'm just not making any progress. It's too choppy. I would enjoy Sinclair more if he would just write in sentences. There are times I feel he's being deliberately obtuse and that always annoys me. So - I'm giving up. I will PM Jubby and pass on the book. Thanks for letting me try, davemurray101. I had high hopes for this one and really wanted to enjoy it.

Journal Entry 26 by ealasaidmae at St. Albans, West Virginia USA on Monday, September 21, 2009

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on its way to Jubby in Australia

Journal Entry 27 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, September 28, 2009
Received in the post today - thank you.

Journal Entry 28 by tqd from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, November 05, 2009
Jubby dropped this off this afternoon and got to see the usual post-school chaos of the TQD household. :) Thanks, jubby! I have some trepidation about this one, but shall give it a try, at least!

Journal Entry 29 by tqd from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, February 21, 2010
Well, I've been giving this a try on-and-off for a few months now. But I think I might have to give up hope of actually finishing it. I'm finding it half fascinating, half frustrating. I like the writing style (reminiscent of the newspaper headlines he so admires), I like the idea, I like finding out these interesting things about a London I certainly know very little about.

But my deity, a bigger bunch of wankers I have never met.

I'm still tempted to continue with this one, but if it suddenly appears with a new reader, you'll know I regained my sanity and passed it on. (Because I'm only up to page 87 now, leaving about 464 pages to go. At this rate, I might be finished sometime in 2011...)

Journal Entry 30 by tqd at Balmain, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, March 07, 2010

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I have officially given up on this one, and it's now winging its way to cat207. I hope she has better luck than me!

Happy reading!

Journal Entry 31 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Arrived in today's mail. Thank you tqd - and Dave. I'm not going to be in a hurry with it as I still have four rings / rays ahead of it, including the massive 956 page "The Recognitions"! But as I'm last on the list it shouldn't be a problem, and if you'd like, tqd, I can send it back to you when I've finished with it. No need to reply, I'll check with you later.

Journal Entry 32 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Monday, May 10, 2010
I got about half way through and I'm officially giving up. It all seems very much the same (read boring). With a little more familiarity with the area, and some photographs it could have been much more enjoyable.

Journal Entry 33 by cat207 at Lake Macquarie, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, July 10, 2010
Handing back to Dave tomorrow as no new readers seem interested in continuing the bookray.

Journal Entry 34 by davemurray101 at Newcastle, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, July 11, 2010
Back to me after its long journey - thanks to Cat207 for handing it to me today over coffee. Thanks to everyone for participating. I'm off to London in two weeks, might use it to get some ideas for some off-beat places to see.

Journal Entry 35 by davemurray101 at Exchange/Trade, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, August 29, 2010

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Journal Entry 36 by garibaldisghost at on Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Recieved safely in the post, thanks.

Not sure if I'm I part of the ring/ray above? If so who should I be sending it off to next?

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Like may others I have dipped in and out of this over the years and found it a bit too wordy and somewhat disappointing t-b-h.

Nipping out for a swift half this lunch time and will release when at this most excellent pub.

Journal Entry 38 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, July 15, 2012
What a well-travelled book. It has been on my Wishlist for ages and I amthrilled to have a chance to peruse.

Journal Entry 39 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Friday, April 09, 2021
I wanted to like this book so much, as it’s loaded with information about our capital city and all. It was just too clever for its own good. I’d just begin to enjoy a tale, good in its own right, when bang, there comes another irrelevant smart ass comment that left me wondering what it was all about. I’m another member of the disappointed club, I’m afraid.

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Interesting but I found it a difficult presentation. I hope you like it better.

Journal Entry 41 by wingPoodlesisterwing at Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, April 23, 2021
Thanks for the wishlist tag book and the lovely limited edition BC bookplates. I just found another Iain Sinclair book in a Little Free Library, London Overground. I hope I like his writing style better than some of the previous readers!

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