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  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • The People of the Abyss
  • Jack London
  • English
  • 22 January 2017
  • 9780745318028

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  1. says:

    The People of the Abyss, Jack LondonThe People of the Abyss 1903 is a book by Jack London about life in the East End of London in 1902 He wrote this first hand account after living in the East End for several weeks, sometimes staying in workhouses or sleeping on the streets In his attempt to understand the working class of this deprived area of London the author stayed as a lodger with a poor family 2010 1362 236 1368 20 1388 262 9789643515874 .


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    This is a remarkable classic, deserving of a place on the shelf right next to Orwell s Down and Out in Paris and London In fact, The People of the Abyss likely inspired Orwell to write his book, according to a biography I read If the reader can put aside the fact of London s strange ambivalence in matters of race, he is an impassioned and articulate spokesman for the underclasses His account of an extended foray into what he refers to as Darkest England, that is, London s East End, is riveting and horrifying This investigation, made in 1902, a time of relative prosperity for England as a whole, demonstrates that trickle down economics simply do not work Nor can charitable institutions be expected to right the wrongs of a dog eat dog economic system London s observations and conclusions are remarkably relevant to modern day life He foresaw an inevitable clash between the 90% who produce the wealth of the other 10% who own the means of production London s book was published in 1903, and thankfully the plight of the English underclasses has been much improved over the past century with the implementation of a minimum wage, a national health plan and public assistance The same holds true in the U.S well, mostly , but in neither nation has the basic issue London raised been addressed why do the desires of the miniscule wealthy minority always trump the needs of the vastly larger majority of ordinary citizens in so called democratic nations


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    Dice un proverbio cinese che, se c un uomo che vive nell ozio, vuol dire che ce n un altro che muore di fame Nel 1902 Jack London decide di togliersi gli abiti dello scrittore di successo e si cala fra la marmaglia del malfamato East End londinese Confondendosi tra disperati e vagabondi osserva una realt quotidiana straziante soprattutto perch dominata dall arrendevolezza con cui i poveri accettano un destino fatto di nulla Nessuna coscienza di classe, nessuna ribellione ma un adattamento passivo a ci che reputato come una sorta di selezione naturale Come giustamente London fa notare come tutta questa sua osservazione avviene in un periodo abbastanza florido per l economia inglese Non una situazione particolare di crisi, dunque, ma un allucinante normalit fatta di fame, alcolismo, sporcizia e quant altro.Interessante prova giornalistica e sociologica di London.


  4. says:

    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 squalid East End of London, where the poorest of the poor lived and died.All 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 sight Healthcare was an issue then just 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 adequately support the family because the only jobs open to her paid too little Sadly, in our own time, women are still not able to adequately provide for their families on their own because they are paid, on average, 70 cents for every dollar a man earns doing the same 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 power.The cost of housing, rents equal 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 a job 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 rented.Yet for all the similarities, there are important differences We have 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.


  5. says:

    Viaggio nell inferno della fame, dell indigenza, della povert assoluta, della degenerazione pi infima E Jack London, nel 1902, si mette nei panni di questi miserabili in prima persona e vagabonda per le strade dell East End, quartiere dove sono stati recluse le persone della classe inferiore , opposta al West End, quartiere dove vivono persone della classe superiore.Dopo di lui anche un altro grande scrittore, Jean Claude Izzo, si immedesim , alle soglie del 2000, vestendo i panni dei clochard e scrivendo Il sole dei nti.Due romanzi e due scrittori che a 100 anni di distanza raccontano della stessa situazione degradante, il primo nella Londra dell inizio 900 ed il secondo della Parigi di fine 1900 inizio 2000 Ma la situazione mi sembrata identica, allora mi chiedo Ma la civilt , il progresso, l evoluzione, sono questo , oppure C gente, quindi, di serie A e di serie B , oppure, infine, L egoismo la prima caratteristica dell essere umano In una civilt prettamente materialistica, basata sulla propriet e non sull uomo, inevitabile che si esalti la propriet rispetto all uomo e che i crimini contro di essa siano considerati molto pi gravi di quelli contro la persona


  6. says:

    Gelirleriyle ocuklara kitap hediye edece im YouTube kanal mda U urum nsanlar kitab n yorumlad m A n milyon kat toklarYani isteseler rahat rahat doyururlar IndigoBug n ben Milano nun al veri caddesi Via Montenapoleone, Paris in zaman nda aristokratik ama lara hizmet eden Champs lys es ya da Barcelona n n La Rambla s de ilim Ben bug n devletin ngiliz k m r ve makarnas yla iktidar n ayakta tuttu u Londra n n, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe ve Louis Sullivan gibi isimlerle ba layan modernizm ak m n n, Minoru Yamasaki nin Pruitt Igoe evlerinin ghetto ve su y klerinin binalar n statik hesab na kat lmas unutulmak istendi inden dolay y k ld ve modern mimarl k ak m n ld rd Do u Yakas y m.Rabbul me rikayni ve rabbul magribeyn Ama Bat s daha ok ho lar na gitmi ti amurdan yaratt klar na nk Bat da yoktu hammaddeleri olan amur Venedik te gondol turlar na binip g n n g n etmek, Lizbon da arap tad m turlar na kat lmak ve Amsterdam da peynir, mantar ve esrar e itleri aras nda zihinsel tokluk oyunlar oynamak varken Jack London manya n teki miydi Londra n n Do u Yakas na u rayacak kadar Modernizm icat edildi ghetto, su lar ve evsizlerdi kataliz r ,F trat icat edildi i i kazalar , ba ar s zl klar ve devletin kendi y netimindeki l piksellerdi bahaneleri,Jack London icat edildi soyad n hakk yla tan mas gerekti ini d nd , nk hi kimsenin ismi onun gibi O uz zmit vs de ildi.Derdi Londra n n vitrini de ildi Onun derdi ne kar lan g zel ve hatas z k yafetlerin alt nda onlar yukar da tutan defolu k yafetler, manav tezgahlar nda ne kar lan parlak ve harika domateslerin alt nda onlar halka daha yak n tutmaya yarayan ila s z ve r m domatesler, halk n onay n kazanmak i in duvarlar n estetik g z kmesini sa layan boyalar n alt nda geli ig zel yap lm kaba kar k al lard Modernizm de b yle kuruldu asl nda Afrika dan siyahi k leler arac l yla getirildi Sanayi Devrimi, zerinde kocaman bir THALD R yaz s , Londra halk na sunuldu Bat Yakas bunu be endi, Do u Yakas n n bundan haberi bile olmad Ayn Afrika da kakao retimi yapan i ilerin kendilerine ikolata uzat ld nda hayatlar nda ikolatay ilk kez tatmalar gibiydi.Asl nda her lkenin ortas ndan ge en bir ayna orijin oluyordu ve bu aynan n bir taraf ndaki insanlar n kal alar n devletlerine emanet etmeleri orijine g re simetrikleri al nd nda da durumu pek de i tirmiyordu Vergiler artt nda, i sizlik y kseldi inde, ekme in, mazotun fiyat zamland nda Kuzey Denizi manzaral d k nhanesinde karn zil alan adam da, Kuzey Atlantik Okyanusu manzaral villas ndan d ar y tok karn yla seyreden insan da devletin kendilerini tecav z ettikten sonra edindikleri orgazma kar koyam yordu Ama i in ilginci de nedense ta her zaman en ok bu zevkin kayna na yak yordu Politik bir pornoydu bu nsanlar yemeklerini her g n Son Ak am Yeme i gibi bir alg da, yar n yemek bulamay p da lecekmi esine yemeyi arzularken, ngilizlerin London n anlatt sefalet tablosunda renklerin hepsi sanki Bob Ross un k v rc k sa lar na ka m t Gri, siyah ve kahverenginin tonlar bile bir renk olabiliyorken renksizli in ve sefaletin i inde g n n bile kurtarmaya mecali kalmam insanlar hangi renk sahiplenirdi ki Bir de ngiltere nin zor zamanlar de ilmi ya, burada a za al nmayacak k f rlerin oldu unu varsayabilirsiniz Ben a z ma burada k f rleri alamazken ngiltere nin Do u Yakas ta gibi ekmekleri, bulama gibi yulaf orbalar n ve pislik i inde retilmi yiyecekleri a zlar na almaya abal yordu.Orta a n i kence aletlerinden dikenli ve ivili koltuklar, her t rl b cek ve fareye ev sahipli i yapan i kence e idi Yak n a n ngilteresinde kendine sosyolojik bir reenkarnasyon imkan bulmu tu D k nhanelerde, evsiz yurtlar nda, duvarlar n insan n st ne geldi i her mekanda su un tan m ne bu mekanlar n tasarlanmas emrini alan mimarlarda ne de insanlar n birbirlerinin kaburgalar n k r p, kad nlara ve ihtiyarlara sald rmas yd Birka armut, ekmek ya da baklava al p, at t r p, a l n yat t rmak ne Snickers n ne de kad nlara, ihtiyarlara sald ranlara hi bir ceza vermeyen mahkemelerin ho una giderdi.Her g n u uruma daha ok ki i yuvarlan yor, etraf na sar lm mumyalar n n zerinde ngiliz mal , T rk mal vs., yap t r c lar lkelerin ortas ndan ge en aynan n iki taraf ndaki sahnenin rutin sonucu, mutluluklar ise bitmek bilmeyen d n makarnalar U urum, cesetlerin y kselmesiyle u urum zelli ini tam kaybediyor derken, u urumun k y s ndaki ekonomik da ne yap p ediyor y kselip bir yolunu bulup o cesetlerin hayat n Bat Yakas n g rmesini engelliyor Oysa ki paran n yenmiyor oldu unu son a a kesildikten, son bal k yakaland ktan ve son nehir zehirlendikten sonra anlayabilece imiz g ne do ru afak say yoruz Gel bir lg nl k yapal m Do u Yakas n ziyaret edelim, maceralara at lal m Jack London O yasak bu yasak Ekmek yasak su yasak Y r mek yasak u mak yasak i eklere basmak yasak Kalbur st olsak da ya asak Fikir yasak zikir yasak Horlamak yasak t klamak yasak Kad nlara zaten yasak Halk Millet, fakr zaruret i inde harap ve b tap d m olabilir Kendi ellerimizle harap ve b tap d t k u urumun i ine.


  7. says:

    For six weeks Jack London dresses and attempts to live like the poor on London s east side He quickly realizes that no matter how hard a man or woman works, the cards are stacked against them I 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 acquainted with.


  8. says:

    I find myself amazed and honestly a little depressed that a book published in 1903 about the poor of London can seem so relevant today There are familiar themes of a wealthy, booming society that does little to nothing to care for its indigent, while also passing laws and serving punishments seemingly built to purposefully propagate a cycle of destitution, that feel like they haven t changed a lick in 115 years.As a little background, Jack London the same one who wrote White Fang and many other classics , decided against everyone s advice to go undercover in the extremely poor East End of London to get a sense for daily life in the slum The result is this book, a non fiction account of what he saw there This could ve been exploitative or sensational, but London writes with such empathy and passion about the people he encounters in the East End that you can t help but see their troubles as human, and fear for them and their children, even all these years later.He uses his storytelling prowess to paint thorough pictures of the individuals and families he encounters, giving you a real sense for their lives as he sees them, as well as offering thoughts on why their lives are this way, and what a profitable society can do to improve the chances of its most poor It s simultaneously analytical, damning, and emotional, which I really think is a huge accomplishment.For instance, one of the poignant sections involves his description of The Thing, which is a metaphorical stand in for the event or accident occurring in one of these people s lives that pulls them fully into the Abyss, the inescapable swamp of abject poverty that hundreds of thousands of East Londoners found themselves in The Thing can be anything, and it is often completely out of the victim s control A man could be getting by as an in house workman, doing construction for a specific boss Then, The Thing happens his boss dies in a freak accident, and now the workman has no work With their being such a dearth of jobs in London, and with his pay having only been enough to get him by week to week, he is quickly stuck in a cycle of begging, sleeping on the street, or any number of other horrors that defeat his ability to get himself further work There are many stories about The Thing in this book, that really do a lot to show how close to the edge of homelessness people were I m obviously not going to describe them all, because you should really just read this book and see for yourself.I can t recommend this highly enough There is the occasional section describing how bad wages are that doesn t read easily in the modern day, since A inflation has greatly changed the value of money and B England doesn t even use shillings any But beyond this bit of slightly confusing math, this book truly draws you in to the world of these people, and makes you think about how the cycle or The Thing can affect so many people in our own society It s a little heart wrenching, but worth it.


  9. says:

    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 book.But 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 just 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.


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    My present political position in life is one that has evolved through time I was a young Republican in my early adult life and then began to observe how our first world society works and importantly, read about how it used to be Books such as The Jungle, Sister Carry, and Martin Eden defined for me the societal conditions that existed when the free market was allowed to shape society under near laissez faire conditions By looking at life as it is depicted in these books I was able to develop comparisons between then and now, and consider the reasons for the vast contrasts that have developed over the past hundred years The People of the Abyss is unique within this historical perspective in that it pushes the laissez faire extreme closer to the ideal Jack London tells of life in London where the vast majority of people, men, women, and children, are treated as a cheap commodity used for the lowest wages possible and then discarded when their labor can be replaced for a vigorous person or for even lower wages The commodity is housed in pits that are filled to maximum capacity in order to maximize rents and is fed with food intended to sustain life while bleeding away the strength of youth.The book is an observational commentary composed by London during his sojourns into the East End of London He dressed as these people dressed, pursued work as they did, and most importantly, recognized these people as human London once said that this was his most purposeful book, indicating, No other book of mine took so much of my young heart and tears as that study of the economic degradation of the poor After reading The People of the Abyss, I easily find an appreciation for London s work and certainly see its value in my modern observations of today s society.


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About the Author: Jack London

Jack London was an American novelist, journalist, social activist and short story writer whose works deal romantically with elemental struggles for survival At his peak, he was the highest paid and the most popular of all living writers Because of early financial difficulties, he was largely self educated past grammar school.London drew heavily on his life experiences in his writing He spent ti