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Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet: An Autobiography

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Paperback, 355 pages
Published November 30th 2005 by Adamant Media Corporation (first published 1850)
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Sep 28, 2016 Eliza rated it it was ok
The best thing about reading this book is reading all the books you can read after reading this book.
Mar 05, 2015 Alice rated it it was ok
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As one of the first novels to really support the rights of the English poor its descriptions of both rural and urban destitution are interesting accounts that did influence some public thought. However, as a novel, Kingsley's tale is often long winded, dense and in the case of some characters unreadable.

While this Chartist novel is an important text for the movement and for literary analysis of the time period I wouldn't recommend it as a 'classic read'. For an easier time I'd stick with Dicken
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Apr 11, 2015 Rod White rated it it was amazing
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This is really an amazing read, gritty, realistic. Gives you a view of London that is rarely seen. A wide range of characters and all unique. Sandy Mackay is apparently based on Thomas Carlyle. A story of the chartist uprisings, one of the first socialist uprisings. This book has really changed my life. It was written at a time when fiction writing was relatively new and the writing is very fresh and exciting, with innovative twists, such as the author commenting on the events and adding his own ...more
Dec 11, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it
That cholera, although a condition alluded to in the background of Alton's experiences, might not actually have a large role in the story as I'd thought when I saw that Mackey's "The Cholera Chaunt" was reprinted within it. Seems its an example of a poem young Alton thinks of as poetic perfection. I don't think I can agree... neither would Vendler.
I wanted to read a book about tailors, so, well, here I am. Will I regret this? We shall see!

Boring and kind of smarmy because of the protagonist, though (of course) I liked the parts about the tailoring business. May pick it up again later.
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Charles Kingsley was an English clergyman, university professor, historian, and novelist, particularly associated with the West Country and north-east Hampshire.

He was educated at Helston Grammar School before studying at King's College London, and the University of Cambridge. Charles entered Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1838, and graduated in 1842. He chose to pursue a ministry in the church.
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