Essay: LETTER TO A NEW EXPATRIATE

WHAT a civilized city," you said, as you stood on the doorstep of your house, your rented castle, looking up and down the quiet street. The mellow lamplight and the shadow of the trees combined to form a second dusk, in which the sounds of nearing footsteps and the noise of an approaching car brought only mild curiosity, not apprehension. Yes, you are right: London is a civilized city. It has strikes, demonstrations, skinhead forays against hippies, and racial troubles with its West Indians, Africans and Pakistanis. But compared to America's big cities,...

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