Love on the Dole (Modern Classics) Paperback – 5 Mar 1985
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"Being conceived in suffering and written in blood, it profoundly moves its audience." (The Times)
"Not for nothing did Edith Sitwell claim that she could not recall being "so deeply, so terribly moved" as when reading this story.
An evocative portrayal of life in depression-era Britain." (The Guardian)
"One of the earliest and best novels to call for social change in Britain" (Dazed Digital) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'As a novel it stands very high, but it is in its qualities as a "social document" that its great value lies' Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Love on the Dole is a fantastic book. It tells of the struggle of ordinary working class people striving endlessly through life. It has that Dickensian feel of being on the pulse of the normal man in the street, and it also proves that Greenwood (like similar writer's like Patrick Hamilton) is able to write very complex emotions and philisophies in simple ways. The common man expresses himself not eloquently but still beautifully - the constant ruings of fate and the way things are are written i such a way as to strike deep in the stomach. It's a novel of the gut and heart, this. It tells a fantastic story - that of the loves of brother and sister sally and harry hardcastle, through an impossible haze of poverty and worry and constant threat of things getting even worse. It is heartwarming and it is occasionally greatly saddening. It's a rich read.
One of the things that stands out most is the wonderful dislogue: the vernacular is a joy to read, a pure pleasure. it needs careful reading, but it's a great feeling to be able to hear so distinctly the voices of the characters in your head. I recommend this novel very highly indeed. As a novel it's a great story, and it wrenches, and as a slice of British social history I think it's probably invaluable. Excellent.
My late father - who was a very young man at the time this was written - often use to tell us tales of the dirtiness and deprivation he tried hard all his life to escape, but we thought it was a bit exaggerated.
When you read this you will realise just how far we have come in such a relativity short time, and just how bad things were for certain sectors in our community.
Although the language is sometimes a little difficult for a modern reader to get to grips with, it is well worth that little extra effort. As a social document it is just outstanding, and the vision of the world it presents to us is like something from another universe.
It shows us why we need the NHS and universal education and Health and Safety legislation and many of the other things we have come to take for granted - or even come to look down on - in the modern world.
I wish I had read this sooner, and I hope I will take something from it that will help me walk in the shoes of others a little more, and moan about my train being a few minutes late a little less.
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Well written, great characters and very atmospheric.
This is a remarkable book based on the the author's own upbringing in incredible poverty in the North of England.Read more