So Spirited a Town: Visions and Versions of Liverpool (Paperback)Nicholas Murray (author)
Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 01/01/2008
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In this highly personal encounter with his native city Nicholas Murray blends literary descriptions of Liverpool across the centuries with his own memories of a 1960s Liverpool childhood to create an original and nuanced portrait of the character of a remarkable city. The result is a rich mosaic built up from a range of literary sources: quirky eighteenth- and nineteenth-century guide books, songs, poems, reminiscences, sermons, novels, letters, histories, travelogues, political tracts, autobiographies, essays, journalism, official reports, and jokes. This is a book about how Liverpool has been seen by others but it is also a personal and sometimes moving record of growing up in Liverpool in the 1950s and 1960s, exploring in an often light-hearted way what it means to be `Scouse', never forgetting that De Quincey's "many-languaged town" is a cosmopolitan, multi-racial seaport with an often tough history of poverty, industrial strife, migration, but, above all, humour.
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 16 mm
The writer Nicholas Murray, a teenager in 1967, recalls being bussed in to see it from his school in Crosby. "I have never forgotten the impression it made," he writes in his book So Spirited a Town, "of newness and modernity and light." Like Murray, I was raised a Catholic and I associate it, like him, with shadows and secrets: poorly lit Victorian churches, low-wattage votive candles, knee-knackering confessionals with the priest's face a pinkish blur behind the grille.
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