Soft City: The Art of Cosmopolitan Living by Jonathan Raban
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New York. E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1974. First American Edition. Hardcover cloth bound book with dust illustrated dust jacket. Book condition: Fine, clean tight text pages. Jacket Condition: Fine, minor shelf wear. 229pp.
Soft City is the first book written by Jonathan Raban. A vivid, often funny portrait of metropolitan life, Soft City is part reportage, part incisive thesis, part intimate autobiography, and a much-quoted classic of the literature of the city and urban culture. In an age when the big city is becoming less popular than ever, this is a passionate and imaginative defense of city life, its "unique plasticity, its privacy and freedom."