Books about cities?
October 21, 2012 6:42 PM Subscribe
Can you name me some books that are somehow about the city where they take place?
posted by hoyland to writing & language (75 answers total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
I'm having a bit of difficulty articulating exactly what I mean. I want the location to a) be a city and b) be integral to the book in some way. The holy grail would be an ode to the city, if you will.
Examples: Tales of the City (the idea of San Francisco is very prominent, even if it's not dripping with local detail all the time), Berlin Alexanderplatz (which I could just go finish, I suppose), Neverwhere (at a small stretch)
Non-Examples: Sara Paretsky's VI Warshawski novels (it's not particularly important the city is Chicago), similarly Ian Rankin's Rebus novels (same for Edinburgh)