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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
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Dec 12, 2011

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bookshelves: fiction, state-of-the-nation
Read from January 18 to 22, 2011 — I own a copy

A passionately written socialist polemic describing the hardships Edwardian housepainters had to endure. There are no shades of grey in this novel, and the author believes that if you have a point to make, dont make it once when you can do it twenty times. Additionally the solution presented in the book with the benefit of being able to look back at the 20th century is naive to say the least. What however endures in this book beyond any doubt and provides it with a compelling voice even today is what happens when the weak have no rights, the inhumanity of greed, and finally the self defeating cooperation the oppressed show the oppressors.
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