- Series: Wordsworth Classics
- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth; UK ed. edition (April 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781840226829
- ISBN-13: 978-1840226829
- ASIN: 184022682X
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – April 9, 2012
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About the Author
Robert Noonan who wrote under the pen-name of Robert Tressel worked in different fields such as designing and decorating. He wrote different articles on current issues of the time. Later in his years of unemployment, he resumed his career as a writer.
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The author creates a very realistic town named, Mugsborough, with rich characters that I came to love and feel for. I was on the edge of my seat, praying that all would be well…that we wouldn’t lose a character to displacement, death, starvation, or suicide. I wouldn’t say the story was depressing in the way it was told, rather realistic of the times then, and perhaps in some ways, the times today. The distinctions between the classes of society and how those in each class view themselves and religion seem to not have changed in the past 100 years.
I heard that this book played a big part in the creation of unions/labor parties. I can certainly see why…but given that 100 years past, I still have to ask the question, did anything really change? It doesn’t matter what country you look at, people are still in poverty, still out of work, still starving, and still dying, despite government intervention. Those that were “rich and/or thinkers” can be stripped of everything and still will rise to the same position again—while those that had not continue to “have not”. Can we really ever change the state of “manhood?”
This sounds like a description of the political landscape as we see it today. But this is what has been happening for centuries.
Robert Tressel's Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a prophetic book. One that delivers a story that, a hundred years after its writing, is still relevant to the human condition today.
The book has been reprinted in the shoddiest fashion.
The main title and chapter headings repeat themselves throughout the text. New paragraphs start into the page, some are preceded by the number 4.
I have received a yotally unreaable, unsuitable product.
Ironically the book is about large companies ripping off the populace - Well I've been well and truely ripped off a scandalous product which should never have left the US. Obviously Amozon have no quality control.
This book will be circulated round a discerning ex-pat community, lets see if they order off Amazon.
I found this book interesting, informative and heart-rending - heart-rending that so many hardworking people had to live in such awful conditions; and touching that many of these extremely poor people would still do whatever little they could to try to help those they perceived to be even worse off than themselves.
I did feel that the book went on at over-great length on occasions about the theory/philosophy behind socialism, eg Barrington's lectures, but this is a very small criticism of an excellent book.
I also liked that the book showed that these men living in dire circumstances still maintained (most of them) a sense of humour.
The short manifesto in chapter 45 "The Great Oration" is spellbinding. A triumph! Enjoy!