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An Unsocial Socialist (BCL1-PR English Literature)
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Shaw's 1884 novel is entertaining enough, but isn't really sure what it wants to be-the comedy of the early chapters soon switching to political preaching and melancholy. Trefusis is a ridiculous prig and the naivety of his politics is made more grating by the fact there is no challenge to them. That capitalism is brutal-earning the merchants such as Trefusis's father more than they could ever hope to spend, whilst the working class are denied the right to earn even enough to subsist-is undeniably the great social evil of its (and subsequent) days; but Shaw is naïve in thinking flowery political solutions that sound great in theory, rarely(never?) translate into reality as politics (as any reader of Orwell will tell you) is about power over the people; NOT for the people.Read more ›
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The only character to really root for is underwritten, whereas the titular socialist takes up all the book and is horrid. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lea McKenna-Garcia
Downloaded this in preparation for a performance of a play adapted from the novel, one of Shaw's few before he seems to have recognized that plays best conveyed his views. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Anne Marie
Perhaps someday I'll feel qualified to comment on a Shavian novel as a true critic but, at this stage of my reading, I think I would be better just saying that I found the satire... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Grant18