Rating: 3 out of 5

Read because of the following sentence in an article on “How digital is making maps personal” [http://www.theliteraryplatform.com/2012/09/how-digital-is-making-maps-personal] :

“Author Jonathan Raban’s 1974 book ‘Soft City’ is a fascinating exploration of the relation between the imagined, personal, “soft city” and the physical built environment – the “hard city””

I enjoyed the book as I was reading it, but I don’t find it particularly memorable. It was written in the 1970s and it’s interesting to read from a “how times have changed” perspective as well. Some interesting observations, particularly about the different perspectives different people (recent arrivals versus old timers) can have about the same place.

Originally posted to my Goodreads account