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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,879 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Tressell Narrator: Tony Robinson Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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There is no other novel quite like The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. George Orwell called it a wonderful book; its readers have become a living part of its remarkable history.

Tressell's novel is about survival on the underside of the Edwardian Twilight, about exploitative employment when the only safety nets are charity, workhouse, and grave. Following the fortunes of a group of painters and decorators and their families, and the attempts to rouse their political will by the Socialist visionary Frank Owen, the audiobook is both a highly entertaining story and a passionate appeal for a fairer way of life. It asks questions that are still being asked today: why do yourwages bear no relation to the value of your work? Why do fat cats get richer when you don't? Tressell's answers are The Great Money Trick and the philanthropy of an unenlightened workforce, who give away their rights and aspirations to a decent life so freely.

Intellectually enlightening, deeply moving, and gloriously funny (complete with exploding clergyman), The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a book that changes lives.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tracey | 2/3/2014

    " This book is good but too long. I stopped 3/4 through and read the last chapter where there was a glimmer of hope. It is quite a dark, depressing bk looking at the plight of the working classes. Its interesting and an eye opener - thankyou goodness we do not live in those times! Would recommend reading 1/2 of it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kendra Levine | 1/10/2014

    " This book was a lot longer than I expected. It provides a very stark view of early 20th century working class England, all while setting forth a pragmatic argument for socialism. Some of it was quite eerie to read in this election year- such that the poor and downtrodden continue to support a system that exploits them. It's definitely clear what Orwell saw in th ebook. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lucy | 12/23/2013

    " This is not a well-written book. I have no quarrel with the theme, I don't mind the perhaps overlong sermons therein, but the author starts plot threads that drift away, repeats chunks, and the characterisation verges on caricature. Were all employers so dishonest, all councillors so corrupt, and all churchmen so hypocritical? Of course not, and the exaggeration detracts from the obviously heartfelt truth of the book. What a shame that at the time no good editor got hold of this and helped the author to produce what could be something praiseworthy as a novel not just as a tract. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynne | 12/6/2013

    " A dense read, and not a light-hearted story by any means. The harsh realities of living in Britain through the industrial revolution are exposed in this classic novel, written by a man who experienced it first hand. Worth a read if you have an interest in class and socialism. "

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