The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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'A wonderful book' George Orwell

Robert Tressell's spirited attack on selfish capitalism is a masterpiece of wit and political passion and one of the most authentic novels of English working class life ever written.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists tells the story of a group of working men who are joined one day by Frank Owen, a journeyman-prophet with a vision of a just society. Indicting the 'philanthropy' of the working class, who toil solely for the benefit of their masters, and initiating them into the secrets of the 'Great Money Trick' which alienates them from their labour, Owen's attacks on the greed and dishonesty of the capitalist system rouse his fellow men from their political quietism.

With an Introduction by Tristram Hunt

'Some books seem to batter their way to immortality against all odds, by sheer brute artistic strength, and high up in this curious and honourable company must be counted The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. Robert Tressell's unfailing humour mixes with an unfailing rage and the two together make a truly Swiftian impact'
Evening Standard

'A brilliant and very funny book'
Spectator

'The first great English novel about the class war ... witty, humourous, instinctive and full of excitement, harmony and pathos'
Alan Sillitoe

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141187693
Number of pages: 784
Weight: 532 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm

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“A remarkable human document”

The introduction to my edition of this book includes the phrase 'a remarkable human document', and I have to agree. It may have been written a hundred years ago, but ideas from the book are being echoed -... More

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“Every one should read this...”

This is a brilliant book for any one who is becoming politically aware. Its puts into perspective the the realities of life that were around over 100 years ago and are still around today. It explains nicely the real... More

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“Great”

Fantastic book, several interesting point throughout, encased in an interesting story. The only problem I found is that certain discussions within the book can seem to drag for a large period. I recommend it.

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