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22gigantes.com - The Complete Edition of " The People of the Abyss - Jack London ". With detailed Biography and complete table of contentsThe People of the Abyss (1903) is about life in the East End of London in 1902. He wrote this first-hand account after living in the East End (including the Whitechapel District) for several months, sometimes staying in workhouses or sleeping on the streets. The conditions he experienced and wrote about were the same as those endured by an estimated 500,000 of the contemporary London poor.There had been several previous accounts of slum conditions in England, most notably The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844 by Friedrich Engels. However, most of these were based on secondhand sources. Jack London's account was based on the firsthand experience of the writer, and proved to be more popular.When Jack London wrote The People of the Abyss, the phrase "the Abyss," with its hellish connotation, was in wide use to refer to the life of the urban poor. H. G. Wells's popular 1901 book, Anticipations, uses the expression in this sense some twenty-five times, and uses the phrase "the People of the Abyss" eight times. One writer, analyzing The Iron Heel, refers to "the People of the Abyss".Author's Biography :John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf.London was part of the radical literary group "The Crowd" in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization,socialism, and the rights of workers. He wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, and The War of the Classes.ABOUT VIVRE ENSEMBLE EDITIONS :" Vire Ensemble Editions " are dedicated to offer you a comfortable and enjoyable reading of books on your e-reader.All our books are carefully designed, with a table of content.
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Most helpful customer reviews 20 of 20 people found the following review helpful. Excellent Read! By Palomine Like reading about the structure of our current society, except that it happened 100 years ago. The author goes undercover to document the lives and survival skills of residents in the abominable East Side slum of London, England. Making every effort to disguise himself, he dons old clothing, consumes the same foods and frequents the same places as the disparately poor and downtrodden inhabitants of the immense, densely populated, ghetto. Throughout his courageous experiment he exposed himself to disease, extreme hardship and danger while gathering amazing statistics regarding food, wages, mortality rates and more. Very interesting - hard to put down! 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. People of the Abyss: a book about the deplorable conditions in London's East End in 1902 By L. N. Howe Years ago, having read only "White Fang" and "Call of the Wild," I thought of Jack London as a writer of fiction about the Yukon, Alaska and the Klondike. I have learned since that he was far more than this. His "Tales of the Fish Patrol" are true stories about when he worked for the government patrolling a part of the Pacific coast trying to keep rogue fishermen in line. His "The Road" is about his years as a young man riding the rails as a hobo across the US and Canada, including a 30-day stay in jail for supposed vagrancy in Niagara Falls. His "The Sea Wolf" is about a brutal ship's captain, Wolf Larsen."The People of the Abyss" is about the poor people who lived in the East End of London, England in 1902. Jack London made a study of them, even to the point of dressing like them and living for a time in the same squalid conditions. He sometimes slept on the streets; he tried and failed (as so many of them did) to get work. He compares life for American Indians and the Inuit (with which he was well acquainted) with these unfortunate East Enders, showing how it was far worse for the latter.I was reminded, of course, of Charles Dickens' books in which he describes the poor of England in the 19th Century during England's Industrial Revolution. "People of the Abyss" is different, though. The good done for England's poor through Dickens' books and personal efforts probably cannot be overestimated. "People of the Abyss" is more focused on the plight of the East Enders, going into great detail over and over. And that is my only criticism, that the book goes on and on with the same drumbeat. But that drumbeat does drive the fact of the wretched lives of these people into you. More than even Dickens' books do, I would say, because with Dickens's novels, there is a lot that is amusing and touching, and there are some happy (some miraculous) endings for the main characters. "People of the Abyss" is a very worthwhile read, in my opinion. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. A Look at the Dark Side of Yesteryear London By Charles F. Rice Jr. I've had a view of the inability of governments to help people in need despite good intentions, and particularly in England from readings of Charles Dickens and others. However, this book by one of my favorite adventure writers did more to awaken a sometimes sleeping feeling of compassion for the needy than I have come across before.This is not a work of fiction, although maybe it is. I know that Jack London's works of fiction, for the most part, are based on personal experience. How he could do the research described in the East End of London defies the imagination.The subject matter is quite depressing, but at the same time very interesting. Makes one happy to be living in the present-day USA even with all our problems. See all 40 customer reviews...
"It is written with the smoldering anger of turn-of-the-century revolutionary socialism. There are no gray shadings in London's economic world. There is only the evil of capitalism and the saintly suffering of the poor. The rich had had their stories told in mass periodicals, and London felt it was time to let the ignored speak. He thus wrote the biographies of the people who have been exploited by imperialism and capitalism. This is the book that counters the Horatio Alger story. For every Alger, for every Rockefeller, there is a mass of sufferers whose plight enabled the speedy rise to wealth of a few. In its sociological and journalistic documentation of poverty is a call for direct action. Wealth blinds, and London makes us see. With this reprinting of London's incredibly important and readable book, Pluto Press and London remind us of how economic exploitation must always be fought, that we must always be educated in the lives of the unfortunate." --James Williams, editor and publisher of the Jack London Journal, USA"The People of the Abyss" was written at the beginning of the twentieth century and yet it speaks just as vividly of the conditions at end of the century. We are seeing the erosion and deterioration of all that was won through hard-fought labor battles: the end of the 8 hour work day; people working two jobs and still not being able to make ends meet; children left to their own devices as parents are stretched to the breaking point; the rise of infectious diseases, especially tuberculosis, as people are forced to live in more crowded, unsanitary conditions; the lack of healthcare; increasing numbers of people living on the street; and hunger. These were the conditionsJack London saw and described in East London at the turn of the century; but they could as easily have been New York City or any large American city; and they could be any large American city today." -- Amazon.com reader in San Francisco"No other book of mine took so much of my young heart and tears as that study of the economic degradation of the poor." --Jack London 'No other book of mine took so much of my young heart and tears as that study of the economic degradation of the poor.' Jack London; 'At a time of heightened concern about the poor and homeless on the streets of London, the re-appearance of The People of the Abyss is to be welcomed. It is a complex text combining awkwardly a passionate critique of modern civilisation with a rhetoric of racial degeneration, but it is one that resonates disturbingly with much contemporary comment on the problem.' John Marriott, University of East London 'It is written with the smoldering anger of turn-of-the-century revolutionary socialism. There are no gray shadings in London's economic world. There is only the evil of capitalism and the saintly suffering of the poor. The rich had had their stories told in mass periodicals, and London felt it was time to let the ignored speak. He thus wrote the biographies of the people who have been exploited by imperialism and capitalism. This is the book that counters the Horatio Alger story. For every Alger, for every Rockefeller, there is a mass of sufferers whose plight enabled the speedy rise to wealth of a few. In its sociological and journalistic documentation of poverty is a call for direct action. Wealth blinds, and London makes us see. With this reprinting of London's incredibly important and readable book, Pluto Press and London remind us of how economic exploitation must always be fought, that we must always be educated in the lives of the unfortunate.' James Williams, editor and publisher of the Jack London Journal 'During my youth I walked the streets of East London, following in the footsteps of Jack London. He brought back, so movingly to this young reader, the poverty and suffering as well as the laughter and tears manifest in the outcasts and dispossessed of our locale at that time. Together with the revelations of Charles Booth, G.R. Sims et al, that book helped shatter the smug composure of Edwardian England, as well as providing a transatlantic best seller.' Professor William J. Fishman, Queen Mary and Westfield College 'In 1902, Jack London, posing as an out-of-work sailor, went underground into the belly of the beast: the slums of London's East End. With passion and vision, he used his skill as a journalist to expose the horrors of the Abyss to the world. Because of his ability to blend in with working people and put them at their ease, because he donned their clothing, and spent nights on the street--working odd jobs, sleeping in the homeless shelters--he gained an insight into the slum life which remains unique. By interweaving the personal stories of the people he encountered with political analysis, he produced a vibrant work of nonfiction, which remains relevant to this day. Consider the following: about one in five children in the U.S. live in poverty. Poverty is war, and it rages on with no end in sight, and the management is still guilty of mismanaging the wealth. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the People of the Abyss are among us today.' Tarnel Abbott, Great-granddaughter of Jack London, Contributing Editor, Jack London International (www.jack.london.org) From the Publisher This book is in Electronic Paperback Format. 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