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Till I got almost a hanarchist an wanted to blow out the brains o the Lord Chamberlain I usually like dialects and slang in books But blow out the brains o the Lord Chamberlain I usually like dialects and slang in books But in fictional ones and when it s used to portrait the characters I think for a non fiction book this isn t really necessary But of course that s a matter of tasteThe other thing that bothered me is not the book s or the author s fault It has to do with sloppy formatting especially of tables in the Kindle edition I read Complete Works of Jack London Delphi Classics 2012 Version 2 For Instance In The instance in the a table looks like this s d Himself 6 15 Wife 5 65 Two children 10 25 Total 21 105 Where it should look like this s d Himself 6 15 Wife 5 65 Two children 10 25 Total 21 105 Apart from that I cannot recommend this book too much The good thing is that you don t have to buy this book to read it There s a free version available on Project Gutenberg Read it and give the money you saved that way to some charity organization you trust and think of it the next time a homeless person approaches you on the street This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License I read this as a companion piece to Wolf the recent biography of Jack London He was a lifelong socialist and this was a subject he was passionate about This was the dark underbelly of the gilted age And because of unions and the socialist party we have minimum wage social security and welfare to provide a safety net for the kind of problems Jack London explores in this bookBut I am a poor revolutionary and I think Jack London was too 100 years later people are still being chewed up by the heavy machinery of industrialized capitalism We still haven t figured out how to provide meaningful employment to the weak and intellectually disadvantaged Out sourcing the worst abuses overseas doesn t solve the problem And I feel like London s closing argument that it s ust a matter of getting a good leader and management of resources is a bit simplistic because wherever that prefect leader is hiding nobody s found him yet For six weeks Jack London dresses and attempts to live like the poor on London s east side He uickly realizes that no matter how hard a man or woman works the cards are stacked against them that no matter how hard a man or woman works the cards are stacked against them m sure this had a greater impact when read during the time it was written when bringing the poverty and disease of these people to the public s attention would have been an impetus to change Interesting and this was a side of London I had not previously been acuainted with What Jacob Riis did for New York City with his photos of tenements Jack London did for London with his book The People of the Abyss The abyss that he referred to was the sualid East En. Ving through the slums as one of the poor; eating drinking and socializing with the underclass; lining up to get into a flophouse London was scandalized and brutalized by the ex. The People of the Abyss

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D of London where the poorest of the poor lived and diedAll of the horrors are there described not by a dispassionate historian keeping a professional distance in his reporting but in eyewitness accounts of and interviews with people living in appalling conditions What I found most horrifying about this book is that so many things haven t changed since it was written at the turn of the last century His descriptions of homeless people forced by the police to literally walk all night due to a law which forbade sleeping in public places brought to mind the sweeps done in our own cities forcing the homeless off the streets and out of our own cities forcing the homeless off the streets and out of sight Healthcare was an issue then ust as it is now Families were forced into poverty and sometimes starvation when the husband the main breadwinner was injured became ill or died The majority of bankruptcies in our own time are caused by overwhelming medical bills More than a century ago when this book was written when a man was out of work due to illness or injury his wife was unable to adeuately support the family because the only obs open to her paid too little Sadly in our own time women are still not able to adeuately provide for Their Families On Their families on their because they are paid on average 70 cents for every dollar a man earns doing the same All Roads Lead Home job A statistic that should outrage everyone but strangely doesn t is that post divorce children slide down the economic scale sometimes into poverty thanks to their mothers inability to earn a living comparable to their fathers who actually ascend the economic ladder post divorce due their higher earning powerThe cost of housing rents eual to half their income brings to mind the mortgage crisis we are suffering today As the cost of housing during the last real estate bubble reached stratospheric levels families were forced to pay and of their income for housing leaving little to actually live on All it takes is aob loss or catastrophic illness for them to find themselves on the street as the banks foreclose on their homes Their counterparts a century ago faced a similar fate for the same reasons Job loss or illness resulted in the loss of the tiny rooms that they rentedYet for all the similarities
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are important differences We laws governing the workplace and a social safety net that prevents the worst of the gruesome results of illness and unemployment described in this book Laws about workplace safety and working hours prevent employers from exploiting their workers Unemployment insurance replaces a portion of lost wages Food stamps and free or reduced cost meals in schools stave off starvation We have come a long way since 1902 After reading this book I realized that we still have a long way to go. Perience of living rough in Britain’s capital His clear eyed reflections on the iniuities of class are a shaming testament to the persistence of social ineuality in modern times. ,
I read this book while visiting East London near Mile End Road described by Jack London as a terrible slum in the early years of the 20th Fortunately London as a terrible slum in the early years of the 20th century Fortunately has now changed beyond recognition This is a shocking vision of the desperate poverty suffered by huge numbers of people living in the abyss of dirt illness and constant hungerJack London showed the way forward to George Orwell in Down and Out in Paris and London by spending time London showed the way forward to George Orwell in Down and Out in Paris and London by spending time as a tramp This gave him a feeling of what it was like to stay in workhouses and doss houses and how the poor were treated However he is uite open about the fact that he freuently went back to his lodgings to have a good meal and a change of clothes something the other people he met on his travels couldn t do Very readable witty and angry If civilization has increased the producing power of the average man why has it not bettered the lot of the average man There can be one answer only MISMANAGEMENTJack London s first hand account of the People of the Abyss is not fictional It is direly real In the summer of 1902 London the author went to London the city to witness the life of the people in London s East End the infamous Whitechapel District or what the author called the under world of London I have to put the word in uotes because you can t actually call this life it s like a vegetating existence under unbearable circumstances and it s usually rather short London stayed in London for several months in so called workhouses sometimes on the streets He didn t attracted much attention there People ust thought of him as ust another American sailor of whom many were stranded in the East End What is described here about the accommodation the meals and the living and working conditions is probably the most intense text that I have ever readI m writing this on a Saturday morning one of my two free days per week after 40 hours of work and I m pretty much relaxed I sip my tee that I brewed in my own kitchen after the morning shower that I took in my own bathroom I m sitting at the desk in my study room the computer is slightly humming Later I ll probably take a little walk before I continue reading some book in my living room I realize I m a privileged person and this book has put my life in perspective There were only two small issues I had with the bookThe transcription of the local accent in dialogs slowed down my reading pace considerably Ow did I like it A bloomin good chawnce sez I to myself for a sleep wi all the coppers aw y so I turned into the corner there along wi fifty others But I couldn t sleep a lyin there an thinkin ow I d worked all the years o my life an now ad no plyce to rest my ead an the music comin to me an the cheers an cannon. In 1902 Jack London purchased some secondhand clothes and posing as a stranded American sailor set out to discover how the London poor lived His research makes shocking reading Mo. ,


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