The Trouble I've Seen
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The Trouble I've Seen

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These four interlinked stories encapsulate Martha Gellhorn's firsthand observation of the Great Depression. Fiction crafted with documentary accuracy, they vividly render the gradual spiritual collapse of the simple, homely sufficiency of American life in the face of sudden unemployment, desperate poverty and hopelessness. They catch the mood of a generation 'sucked into i...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Eland (first published 1936)
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Jonathan Norton
As well as her travel and war reporting, Gellhorn also reported on social problems within the US in the mid 30s as part of a group of writers commissioned to supply an accurate picture of the plight of the poor to the heads of the new welfare programmes. This book consists of the 4 novelas she produced from her experience, and they make grim reading. They are all bleakly unsentimental depictions of poverty and despair, candid in the portrayal of racial attitudes and inequality, and with no glib...more
I was struck by the recurring theme throughout these stories of the shame people felt when they had no choice but to go on Relief. My Dad was born in 1928 and raised on the Saskatchewan prairies during the Dirty Thirties, as they were known here. He also reacted to the thought of unemployment insurance and welfare as fates worse than death that must be avoided at all costs. I see now that as he was raised during those hard times when all people had was their pride, he couldn't feel any other way...more
I hate sentimental renditions of other people's troubles. I feel in order to keep dignity, the last thing you need is to be displayed to teach somebody a lesson or worse to evoke sympathy. Or am I a coward and ostrich, thinking that if I don't know about it, it does not exist? Martha Gellhorn tells how unemployment combined with hunger can render humans hopeless with veracity and completely "free of cant" (from the introduction). Brilliant. No soppiness in sight!
Jennifer Brownlee
Could not put this down! Incredible stories with such an impressive insight into lives of people living in a unique time in US history. I'm now looking for more gellhorn!
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American novelist, travel writer and journalist, considered to be one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century. The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism is named after her.
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Travels With Myself and Another The Face of War Selected Letters The View from the Ground Point of No Return

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