I looked up Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City by Anna Quindlen (9780792242079 – Random House, Inc.) the minute I signed up for my Paperback Swap account. I had seen it some time ago and wanted to read it, but you know I’m too frugal to go buy it new. Imagine how pleased I was to see that someone had it listed! A couple of mouse clicks and a week of waiting and I received it in the mail.
From the description you would think this book follows a travel guide type form, pointing out where this or that from your favorite novels took place. Quindlen does this a time or two, in an obscure manner, but that’s not really what this book is about. Overall, it isn’t a bad read, but I’m glad I didn’t pay for it or I’d be disappointed. It takes you through the author’s history of loving London, and then she talks about her visits to London and she quotes many, many, many other authors and their observations on London. There is very little real information here, it’s just mostly stuff she’s gathered into one place and edited it together. Put it this way, I didn’t learn anything that I didn’t already know, except for the meaning of a couple of obscure slang words from A Christmas Carol. I will be relisting this one on PBS in the near future, so look it up if you are interested in reading it for yourself.