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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Classic Reprint)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2011
It's 69p for heaven's sake. It's far from perfectly formatted but I am giving it four stars because it is one of the few genuine working class novels, or rather the only one, from that period and worth reading even in this version (although the page breaks are somewhat irritating). Very dated of course, particularly the Dickensian character names, but an essential read for anyone with any interest in social history. Those only familiar with the heavily edited first edition which depicted the socialist hero Owen committing suicide through despair should read the full version as Tressall intended it to appear. This is the other side of the Edwardian golden age. Particularly relevant now that the daily news of economic woes reads like a Soviet parody of capitalism - savage welfare cuts coupled with bankers' bonuses. Read it: the formatting is not that bad. On the other hand it IS out of copyright and there are free versions widely available which some might prefer, not least because they're free. Either way, read it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2011
The book is extremely badly formatted, with no links in the table of contents and no breaks between chapters. All of the text is broken up onto a new line mid-sentence and it is extremely irritating to read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2011
The Kindle edition of Tressell's famous polemic is spoilt by numerous typographical mistakes - almost one a page on average. I suspect this edition has been prepared by running an early printed version (with Tressell's own introduction, not that of Alan Sillitoe) through OCR, with no subsequent human checking. The result is readable but annoying. A paperback version of this socialist classic is probably better value.

Not a great work of literature - more a heavy-handed caricature with fat, cigar-smoking capitalists ranged against a heroic, consumptive, working class autodidact - but an important book for its influence on generations of the Left and its painfully detailed description of the lives of the poor.
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on 15 September 2013
Although this book was written nearly a century ago many of the conditions described have barely changed. We appear as a society to be regressing to those days - witness such things as zero hours contracts. If only people were not so greedy we could all have sufficient. This should be set book in all schools to show young people there is an alternative way of living.
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on 3 March 2011
A book that is important to explain why people needed to be organised and united to stop exploitation of powerless people.Does so in a manner educational and entertaining without preaching. A delight to read and re-read. Do so every couple of years to renew your belief in the power of the people
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on 9 May 2012
This was purchased for an elderly relative, he wanted a copy as he had read and enjoyed it many years ago. This was not a novel, as such, but a set of photocopied A4 sheets in very pale type. Totally unsuitable for a person with impaired eyesight.
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on 9 January 2015
Read it three times now.
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on 12 April 2015
good read
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