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The Nether World (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 11 Dec 2008
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From the Back Cover
This is a tale of intrigue, as rapacious schemers try to wrest a fortune out of a mysterious old man who has returned to their midst, and of thwarted love. There is no sentimentality. This is a world in which the strong exercise power against their own kind, scheming and struggling for survival, a world from which, Gissing bleakly maintains, there can be no escape. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
George Robert Gissing ; 22 November 1857 – 28 December 1903) was an English novelist who published 23 novels between 1880 and 1903. Gissing also worked as a teacher and tutor throughout his life. He published his first novel, Workers in the Dawn, in 1880. His best known novels, which are published in modern editions, include The Nether World (1889), New Grub Street (1891), and The Odd Women (1893). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
One can not be sure of Gissings stance towards the characters and surroundings of Clerkenwell, whether it be be pity or contempt. However, the overall mood within the novel cynically depicts the tedious and alienated London life.
I thought that I could never enjoy a Nineteenth-Century novel, until I read this one. Gissing surpasses Dickens in characterisation and humour and challenges the detail of Eliot.
Although Nell's death moved Gissing to write this novel, little in it is autobiographical. Gissing had lived in the slums of London he describes after his return from the United States. He was a compulsive and inveterate walker of city streets and a detailed observer of what he saw. He also did a great deal of reading, both of novels and of studies of the urban poor, that found its way into "The Nether World."
The book is lengthy and densely plotted. It is set in its entirety in a small area called Clerkenwell with few scenes of life outside the slum.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Content ok but book in awful , creased and very dirty condition.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Definitely one of Gissing's best novels about the working classes. You can still walk the streets of Clerkenwell where the story takes place. Read morePublished on 20 April 2015 by August Kramer
This book could have been written yesterday. It is as relevant today as it was then. It made me think how little has changed in 130 years. It is a good benchmark for poverty. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2012 by Daniel Crossley
I enjoyed this book tremendously. Gissing's ability to create the atmosphere of despair through poverty and deprivation is second to none. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2008 by Ronald Fraser
One of Gissings best novels, this OUP edition seems to be a straight reprint of the original Victorian edition(s), complete with unpleasantly small typescript. Read morePublished on 1 May 2007 by Tony Walker