Introduction to “Sorrows of the Moon”

Sorrows of the MoonA Journey Through London  by Iqbal Ahmed

 

Iqbal Ahmed roams the city, on foot and by bike, quietly observing and comparing–sometimes with wonder and sometimes with dismay–the real London with the city he imagined while growing up in Kashmir. Here is the East End of Bengali tailors and Indian restaurants, the near-deserted Fleet Street and forbidding Barbican, the buzzing electronic shops of Tottenham Court Road, the book fairs of Bloomsbury, the snobbery of Hampstead and the demotic liveliness of Camden Town. During the course of his travels, we meet a variety of displaced men and women trying to find a place among the English—Anwar the Bengali tailor, Zack the educated Pathan who hates working in the City, Solomon the Nigerian doorman, Kasim the Egyptian kiosk vendor, the Asian sub-postmistress who bullies employees and customers alike, Fabio the Brazilian private cab driver, Ali the Moroccan bookshop porter, and Isabel the Venezuelan kept woman who, after her wealthy lover abandons her, finds refuge in a community of South American cleaners.

 

By turns poignant and funny, Sorrows of the Moon shows us the underside of a wide range of working milieus that we all too often take for granted. And it gently illuminates the plight of people who have escaped from one world into another in search of freedom, only to find confinement of another kind.

 

demotic: adj formal used by or popular with most ordinary people

 

milieu: the things and people that surround you and influence the way you live and think.  eg. She never felt happy in a student milieu.

Advertisements
此条目发表在嘉言录分类目录。将固定链接加入收藏夹。

2 Responses to Introduction to “Sorrows of the Moon”

  1. 光波说道:

    秀栋,国内能买的着这本书?
    网上有没有?
     

  2. XIUDONG说道:

    作者和书都没有名气,只是我在图书馆乱翻的时候无意中发现的。我是把它当作社会学方面的东西来读的,深入了解一下伦敦的东西。这本书主要是介绍的下层的一些生活。纪实性强,文学性弱,许多地方感觉挺幼稚的,就是一无所事事的人天天闲逛的感觉。书上附的有个联系方式:coldstreampublishers@hotmail.com

发表评论

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / 更改 )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / 更改 )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / 更改 )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / 更改 )

Connecting to %s