I enjoyed reading Jan Morris' book Oxford because he looked at both the good and not as good parts of this famous university town. I was a bit disappointed that Morris made no mention of C. S. Lewis of J. R. Tolkien or anything about the Inklings. However, I learned about a host of colorful characters like the Fellow who fed his pet jaguar live hamsters. Sep 17, 2009 Andrea Fuller rated it really liked it.
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Few cities,' Jan Morris observes, 'have been much more loved, loathed, and celebrated. A book of outstanding excellence, with a sweep of knowledge and a distinction of style such as I have never before encountered in a work of this sort. Brilliant alike in observation and imagination. brings the very stones of Oxford to life' Sunday Telegraph.
Series: Oxford Paperbacks. Paperback: 304 pages. Jan Morris's book is a celebration of this city so witty, so well informed, and so gripping that you may find it to be the best "travel book" you have ever read. A must for anglophiles, lovers of cities, lovers of literature, architecture, and history, and those fascinated by university life. 24 people found this helpful.
Oxford by Jan Morris (Paperback, 1988). Title: Oxford (Oxford Paperbacks) Item Condition: used item in a good condition. Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks ISBN 13: 9780192820655. Read full description. See details and exclusions. Press First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback 1987 All rights reserved.
This is a book about Oxford University. It is divided into periods, usually by centuries up to 1945. It consists of epigrams, poems, book excerpts and anecdotes about Oxford. I found it a very interesting book but I have always been interested in Oxford for no reason I can put my finger on. If you have no special interest in Oxford it is still fun to read. Important events in the history of the University are described and explained ( development of the college system, Magdalen's defiance of James II, Newman and the Oxford Movement), and its life and times are exalted or derided by writers ranging from Anthony Wood to Evelyn Waugh.
Read "Oxford" by Jan Morris with Rakuten Kobo. Few cities,' Jan Morris observes, 'have been much more loved, loathed, and celebrated. This book has become a classic.