Toronto: Biography of a City by Allan Levine
8vo. pp. xii, 452. 32 plates of colour & b/w illustrations. bibliography. index. hardcover boards. dw. (fine condition - 1 short tear to head of spine from in-store handling). [Madeira Park, BC]: Douglas & McIntyre, .
ISBN-10: 1771000228 / ISBN-13: 9781771000222
With the same eye for character, anecdote and circumstance that made Peter Ackroyd’s London and Colin Jones’s Paris so successful, Levine’s captivating prose integrates the sights, sounds and feel of Toronto with a broad historical perspective, linking the city’s present with its past through themes such as politics, transportation, public health, ethnic diversity and sports. Toronto invites readers to discover the city’s lively spirit over four centuries and to wander purposefully through the city’s many unique neighborhoods, where they can encounter the striking and peculiar characters who have inhabited them: the powerful and powerless, the entrepreneurs and the entertainers, and the moral and the corrupt, all of whom have contributed to Toronto’s collective identity.