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A description of a journey through hell!,
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This review is from: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Flamingo modern classics) (Paperback)
I first read the "Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" around 1947. It aroused such an interest in me that the story has remained fresh in my memory all of my life. I am now nearly 73 years old. It has been described as the first novel written by a working class person. The description of working class life in such a rich country is a permanent blot on the history of Great Britain. However Tressell writes with such humour that one minute you want to cry and the next explode with laughter. As a result of reading Tressell's book I became a Socialist. Nothing in my life has caused me to change my mind. The characters that Tressell described at the beginning of the twentieth century live on today. Read this book and I guarantee that your thinking will be radically affected. It was the only book that he ever wrote. Tragically, he never lived to see it published. Some people say that it won the election for the Labour Party immediately after the war.
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Initial post: 26 May 2009 23:56:19 BDT
Nigel in England says:
thanks for this useful and insightful comment, friend. I hadn't thought about its influence in the 1945 election. I shall try to verify that comment. These days we need truth more than ever, especially in this country where corporate crimes continually go unpunished, eg. on building sites and in factories every day of the week. I'm going to start giving the book to my more committed students at the end of their studies, to encourage their social and political consciences.
Posted on 13 May 2012 14:20:14 BDT
I have been inspired to read this book after watching a DVD of the 1980s Channel 4 series 'A Very British Coup.' A Customer's review has convinced me that I am right to read it. Maybe we all should.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2013 21:02:17 BDT
My Dad died in 2010 just short of his 90th Birthday - he was born in 1920.
He joined the labour party in 1937 and was a lifelong member. He was also a full time trade union organiser in the building trade.
He often cited this book as being very influential in his early life. He was in India during the war and when the war finished many of the troops were close to mutiny because they felt they were not being sent home but kept on as an army of occupation. A time of great awakening.
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