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White Chapel Scarlet Tracings [Paperback]

Iain Sinclair
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April 26 2004
This is a novel about London - its past, its people, its underbelly and its madness. 'In this extraordinary work, Sinclair combines a spiritual inquest into the Whitechapel Ripper murders and the dark side of the late Victorian imagination with a posse of seedy book dealers hot on the trail of obscure rarities of that period. These ruined and ruthless dandies appear and disappear through a phantasmagoria interspersed with occult conjurings and reflections on the nature of fiction and history' - "Guardian".

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Iain Sinclair's books include DOWNRIVER (James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award), LIGHTS OUT FOR THE TERRITORY and LONDON ORBITAL. He lives in Hackney, East London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty and dangerous Aug. 31 2001
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Iain Sinclair knows the mythical paths of London like no-one else. In poetic often painfully intense prose, he conjures up the half-dead spirits that stalk the streets of this seedy town. The landscape is dominated by dodgy second-hand book dealers skulking in the shadows obsessed by the Ripper murders, and by the vicious presence of Jack himself, the embodiement of powerful evil forces embedded in the fabric of the city. If you only ever read one novel about Jack the Ripper, or never wanted to read one, White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings is a must. A warning though: it is not for the faint-hearted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty and dangerous Aug. 31 2001
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Iain Sinclair knows the mythical paths of London like no-one else. In poetic often painfully intense prose, he conjures up the half-dead spirits that stalk the streets of this seedy town. The landscape is dominated by dodgy second-hand book dealers skulking in the shadows obsessed by the Ripper murders, and by the vicious presence of Jack himself, the embodiement of powerful evil forces embedded in the fabric of the city. If you only ever read one novel about Jack the Ripper, or never wanted to read one, White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings is a must. A warning though: it is not for the faint-hearted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WUI - writing under the .... March 26 2009
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I am going to keep reading Sinclair (and Haruki Murakami) until I understand one book they have written. I didn't get there with this one.

Sinclair can write some amazing sentences. He can also write some that make sense. He just never combines the two skills.

Since there is virtually no description of this book above, take the time to use the "Look Inside" feature and read the back cover. You won't learn a lot, but it will make you think you have.

To get a feel for Sinclair, think Pynchon - but lacking in clarity.
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