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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - The Original Classic Edition [Paperback]

Robert Tressell
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15 Jun 2012 The Original Classic Edition
Finally available, a high quality book of the original classic edition of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

This is a new and freshly published edition of this culturally important work by Robert Tressell, which is now, at last, again available to you.

Enjoy this classic work today. These selected paragraphs distill the contents and give you a quick look inside The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists:

Easton was still reading the Obscurer; he was not about to understand exactly what the compiler of the figures was driving at--probably the latter never intended that anyone should understand--but he was conscious of a growing feeling of indignation and hatred against foreigners of every description, who were ruining this country, and he began to think that it was about time we did something to protect ourselves.

...Well, I dont go in for politics much, either, but if whats in this ere paper is true, it seems to me as we oughter take some interest in it, when the country is being ruined by foreigners.

...The only difference between Free Trade and Protection is that under certain circumstances one might be a little worse that the other, but as remedies for Poverty, neither of them are of any real use whatever, for the simple reason that they do not deal with the real causes of Poverty.

...Wot I mean, said Slyme, is that no man oughtnt to marry till hes saved up enough so as to ave some money in the bank; an another thing, I reckon a man oughtnt to get married till es got an ouse of is own.

...Well, we all know pretty well wot Free Trade and Protection means, but most of us dont know exactly what Socialism means; and I say as its the dooty of every man to try and find out which is the right thing to vote for, and when es found it out, to do wot e can to elp to bring it about.


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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Tebbo (15 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1486153461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1486153466
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists 15 Feb 2014
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This is a classic novel of the Labour movement. I bought this copy to replace an older, now worn paperback. It relates the history of a group of building workers in the early 1900s with little or nothing in the way of social security, health and safety at work concerns and virtually subsistence living standards for the working classes. The central character offers a Marxist perspective on the really miserable conditions, which include deaths through preventable illness, starvation and dangerous working practices, though he is little listened to. It is an impressive novel, very much of its time and perhaps dating rather now, but it is still well worth reading. Some of the author's concerns are still very relevant.
This particular edition is a print-on-demand one and the editing is not perfect. Chapter headings often come at the bottom of one page with the chapter's text beginning at the top of the next, which feels strange. One attempt to present the tables the lead character uses in a kind of impromptu lecture in Chapter 25 is a real mess of misaligned columns and words and incomprehensible as a result. Fortunately I still had my old copy then, where I could see these as the author intended!
You probably need to have a left-ish turn of mind to enjoy (if "enjoy" is the right word for a pretty grim story) Tressell's novel but I think it's an important contribution to social history and well worth reading. I give 4 stars rather than 5 as reading it is a bit of a slog in places and the book's message is laid on with a trowel (not inappropriately given the subject matter perhaps!) and has little or no subtlety. Many people can enjoy the book's message. Some will hate it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 5 July 2014
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Excellent, so full of every day life, in the work place, and life in general
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old interest 1 Mar 2014
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I remember hearing of this book many, many years ago, and just finally got round to buying it to satisfy my curiosity - only read a couple of chapters so far, but holding my interest. Book is in prime condition and an easy read
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