"I cannot live without books." -- Thomas Jefferson
Friday, February 3, 2012
"Adrift in Soho" by Colin Wilson
About three years before Swinging London hit the headlines, Colin Wilson of "Outsider" fame was writing about the down and out (and in) Soho. This was Wilson's second novel which reads like a memoir, and is a really beautiful snapshot of boho London before it was defined by the popular media of the time. For some life was very causal, and for the hardcore Soho citizen a way of life that totally ignore the mainstream view of life. Colin Wilson always struck me as a romantic, but in a very good way. And this is a very solid and a very quick read into the world of Soho, London and its citizens. And like any good book on London, the city becomes a character in the story. The edition I read is New London Editions and it promises to be an important press.