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London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets

London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets
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ISBN10: 
0385531508
ISBN13: 
9780385531504
Pages: 
228
Published: 
November 1st 2011 by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday (NY et al.)
Rating: 
3.41

London Under is an atmospheric, imagina­tive, oozing short study of everything that goes on under London, from original springs & streams & Roman amphitheaters to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts & modern tube stations. The depths below are hot, warmer than the surface. This book tunnels down thru the geological layers, meeting the creatures, real & fictional, that dwell in darkness: rats & eels, mon­sters & ghosts. When the Underground’s Metropolitan Line was opened in 1864, guards asked for permission to grow beards to protect themselves from sulfurous fumes, & named their engines after tyrants—Czar, Kaiser, Mogul—even Pluto, god of the underworld. To go under London is to penetrate history, to enter a hid­den world. As Ackroyd writes: “The vastness of the space, a 2nd earth, elicits sensations of wonder & of terror. It partakes of myth & dream in equal measure.”
Darkness visible
Rising up
Holy water
Forgotten streams
Old man river
The heart of darkness
The pipes of London
The mole men
The deep lines
Far under ground
Buried secrets
The war below
Deep fantasies
Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Index

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