For London the worst has happened There have been riots, huge uncontrolled fires, outbreaks of savage looting, artillery battles, mass flights The great city lies three parts deserted, open to marauding gangs and beast wild individuals, its highways and landmarks tumbled like ruined templesTo Mark, comparatively safe up in less troubled Highgate, there comes a message that his estranged wife is dying over in Wimbledon, right across on the far side of the dangerous bowl of the devastated city Reluctant almost to sticking point, he sets out to go to herHis journey is a story of adventure through the ruins His immediate business is the simple one of pressing on through all the debris, always driven because he knows that Jasmine will die soon He may never get there he may be killed by idiotic accident, torn to pieces by the packs of wild dogs, trapped in one of the communes that within their stockades have established their own ruthlessly puritanical disciplinesBut the difficulties and the dangers teach him lessons as he struggles onwards He learns from the past If it was drink, drugs and the dolce vita that had done for his wife, had not something similar destroyed the city too He learns about the present amid its hazards And he learns, as he comes at last to the bleak end of his Iong walk, lessons for a just possible future


10 thoughts on “A Long Walk to Wimbledon

  1. Bon Tom Bon Tom says:

    This is one of those books that I found extremely hard to follow, for no obvious reason So, from my limited understanding, the book is something similar to Dorothy in the land of Oz Except Dorothy is now grown up, is a male, Kansas has moved to London, and dreamy context of Oz has now turned apocalypse, or something like that The protagonist tries to visit his ex wife before she dies, and on his way meets pletora of characters that somehow remind me of those that accompany Dorothy on her litt This is one of those books that I found extremely hard to follow, for no obvious reason So, from my limited understanding, the book is something similar to Dorothy in the land of Oz Except Dorothy is now grown up, is a male, Kansas has moved to London, and dreamy context of Oz has now turned apocalypse, or something like that The protagonist tries to visit his ex wife before she dies, and on his way meets pletora of characters that somehow remind me of those that accompany Dorothy on her little excursion I might be totally on the wrong track here, but what can I do


  2. Mark Mark says:

    A strange little novel part post apocalyptic survival story, part London guide book and part moral warning.The plot never fully grabbed me, although some parts did echo The Odyssey But even if it wasn t the most absorbing tale, something about it made me want to read to the end to see if Mark completed his journey from Highgate to Wimbledon.


  3. Chris Nagy Chris Nagy says:

    Yes, as many people stated there isn t much of a plot It is an adventure story of a man crossing London after it was destroyed by many riots and other unnamed atrocities He encounters many obstacles and meets various strange people all within the ruins of a somewhat abandoned London At times depressing, but this is a story of survival and the human spirit I think Keating did a good job in pulling this off Life, whirling, mad and uncertain it was, but it was not wholly to be rejected is hi Yes, as many people stated there isn t much of a plot It is an adventure story of a man crossing London after it was destroyed by many riots and other unnamed atrocities He encounters many obstacles and meets various strange people all within the ruins of a somewhat abandoned London At times depressing, but this is a story of survival and the human spirit I think Keating did a good job in pulling this off Life, whirling, mad and uncertain it was, but it was not wholly to be rejected is his state of mind after enduring many horrors A positive message in a bleak story.There is a lot of introspection here as the narrator moves between episodes He is constantly questioning things and this reinforces the sense of realism of the story Keating writes very well and that also makes this enjoyable


  4. Nona Nona says:

    A most unusual but interesting piece of writing Makes one wonder what the writer s mind was at when he wrote this book.Hard to explain really, and at times I was getting rather bothered by the unnecessary amount of descriptions and excessive use of words and paragraphs, but I persevered.The ending was a bit of a surprise I had imagined two possibilities and one was correct and quite bland Nevertheless I persevered through this novel, albeit listening to it, because I sort of had to Hard to e A most unusual but interesting piece of writing Makes one wonder what the writer s mind was at when he wrote this book.Hard to explain really, and at times I was getting rather bothered by the unnecessary amount of descriptions and excessive use of words and paragraphs, but I persevered.The ending was a bit of a surprise I had imagined two possibilities and one was correct and quite bland Nevertheless I persevered through this novel, albeit listening to it, because I sort of had to Hard to explain.It is rather a nonsensical piece of literature but one I would recommend if you want something different.Enjoy


  5. Lostaccount Lostaccount says:

    I almost stopped reading until about the third or fourth chapter because the sentence structures in the first part of the book were so difficult But something seemed to shake loose about a third of the way and the book became suddenly readable It s about a man s journey through a post apocalyptic London to see his dying ex wife The cause of the apocalypse is not really made clear and the incidents along the way aren t that eventful yet still I found the book compelling I would have liked to I almost stopped reading until about the third or fourth chapter because the sentence structures in the first part of the book were so difficult But something seemed to shake loose about a third of the way and the book became suddenly readable It s about a man s journey through a post apocalyptic London to see his dying ex wife The cause of the apocalypse is not really made clear and the incidents along the way aren t that eventful yet still I found the book compelling I would have liked to seeof the south London I know, which is why I started reading the book in the first place This is classified as science fiction, according to Wiki, but there is nothing here to call science fiction it s about as science fiction as JG Ballard s drought or high rise


  6. Kim Kim says:

    In post apocalyptic London, where survival is a never ending struggle, packs of wild dogs and gangs roam the streets Mark is barely surviving but suddenly gets summoned to his ex wife s bedside as she is dying and has little time left He leaves the comparative safety of his Highgate dwelling and sets out across London to Wimbledon to set matters straight with his ex The book tells of his struggles along the way, the people he meets encounters, the things he witnesses and the lessons he learns In post apocalyptic London, where survival is a never ending struggle, packs of wild dogs and gangs roam the streets Mark is barely surviving but suddenly gets summoned to his ex wife s bedside as she is dying and has little time left He leaves the comparative safety of his Highgate dwelling and sets out across London to Wimbledon to set matters straight with his ex The book tells of his struggles along the way, the people he meets encounters, the things he witnesses and the lessons he learns A well told story, worth reading 8 10


  7. Allister Allister says:

    3.5 stars had some really interesting views of a major city that had collapsed, especially for the time it was written