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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: June 2005 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia | 12/4/2013

    " This book seems to be a conscious or unconscious inspiration for Tracy Kidder's House. It is almost the same book, except written at the turn of the 20th century as a fictionalized socialist manifesto by a consumptive sign-painter. I strongly suggest reading both! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fab Librarian | 11/27/2013

    " A passionate denouncement of the capitalist system, this powerful and engrossing story vividly brings to life the hardships faced by a group of painters and decorators in 1906. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham Dugan | 11/24/2013

    " An amazing spotlight on life, hardship and poverty of the workers and their families in the construction industry at the beginning of the 20th Century, in England. To think that this was still the norm in 1905, only 100 years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Danes | 10/27/2013

    " A classic of socialism at the time, this is the easiest guide to Marxist economics I ever found. It is mawkishly sentimental sometimes but it's pretty much essential reading for those of us on the Left. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casey | 9/23/2013

    " I almost got into it, almost! Eventually, though, I found it too preachy, and too obviously so. I realize this was the point, but I want my plot, damn it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 7/19/2013

    " Very repetitive. Perhaps this was for a purpose but it became a little dull and I found myself skipping bits. There were aspects of the book that I really enjoyed and I do think it was worth while reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hester | 1/17/2013

    " Fascinating insight into working class life in the early C20th (if I remember rightly). Quite hard-going however - the style is verbose and rather repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat Toft | 10/12/2012

    " I did enjoy it - learnt a lot about socialism and it was very convincing. I felt it was quite preachy and very repetitive in its points. The story was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Dean | 6/29/2012

    " Ever wondered if the Industrial Revolution was based on mythical and misguided assumptions? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/23/2012

    " This book is essential reading for all. The question to ask as you read it is: 'Have we moved much further on? Are we heading back to this state?' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Hooley | 2/15/2012

    " One of the great book. Well written piece of social satire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Costello | 10/3/2011

    " A truly marvellous book that everyone should read. Try reading Atlas Shrugged first though and compare and contrast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grinder | 3/21/2011

    " Best book i have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia | 12/24/2010

    " This book seems to be a conscious or unconscious inspiration for Tracy Kidder's House. It is almost the same book, except written at the turn of the 20th century as a fictionalized socialist manifesto by a consumptive sign-painter. I strongly suggest reading both! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara | 8/13/2010

    " Heavy going. I think you need to be in the right mindset, but still an absolute classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nisha | 7/11/2010

    " i couldn't even think about finishing this one because it was SO LONG and all of my uni reading makes it impossible to read anything else, but i loved what i read of this SO MUCH. this is one i'll have to get from the library again when i have my life back next summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 5/19/2010

    " The best argument ever written for socialism "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melitta | 1/30/2010

    " Desperate plight of the working poor in England in the early 20th century. Written in 1914. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/20/2009

    " A deeply important book of a time gone by that highlights the massive class divides in England that are still rife, even if the tradesmen are all polish now a new type of system has only deveoped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 10/16/2009

    " Great book. I heard it was a favorite of George Orwells. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 7/11/2009

    " An interesting book - the conditions the labourers worked in were vividly and disturbingly described with the enormous bridge between rich and poor shocking.
    At some points the book did get a bit lecture like but overall it was an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 3/16/2009

    " this is a book that must be read by everyone.......... it is appropriate noew as when it was written and the period it is set in. "

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