By Petr Chalupský
This idiosyncratic London build is very fashionable in Ackroyd’s novels, during which his rules in regards to the city’s nature and his connection to English literary sensibilities mix to create a unique chronotope with its personal spatial and temporal houses. A Horror and a Beauty explores this global via six defining elements of the town as Ackroyd identifies them: the connection among London’s earlier and current, its uncanny manifestations, its felonious developments, its population’ psychogeographic and antiquarian concepts, its theatricality, and its inherently literary character.
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A Horror and a Beauty: The World of Peter Ackroyd's London Novels by Petr Chalupský