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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Robert Tressell

Clearly frustrated at the refusal of his contemporaries to recognise the iniquity of society, Tressell's cast of hypocritical Christians, exploitative capitalists and corrupt councillors provide a backdrop for his main target - the workers who think that a better life is "not for the likes of them". Hence the title of the book; Tressell paints the workers as "philanthropists" who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters. The hero of the book, Frank Owen, is a socialist who believes that the capitalist system is the real source of the poverty he sees all around him. In vain he tries to convince his fellow workers of his world view, but finds that their education has trained them to distrust their own thoughts and to rely on those of their "betters". Much of the book consists of conversations between Owen and the others, or more often of lectures by Owen in the face of their jeering; this was presumably based on Tressell's own experiences.(Summary by Tadhg)

Clearly frustrated at the refusal of his contemporaries to recognise the iniquity of society, Tressell's cast of hypocritical Christians, exploitative capitalists and corrupt councillors provide a backdrop for his main target - the workers who think that a better life is "not for the likes of them". Hence the title of the book; Tressell paints the workers as "philanthropists" who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters. The hero of the book, Frank Owen, is a socialist who believes that the capitalist system is the real source of the poverty he sees all around him. In vain he tries to convince his fellow workers of his world view, but finds that their education has trained them to distrust their own thoughts and to rely on those of their "betters". Much of the book consists of conversations between Owen and the others, or more often of lectures by Owen in the face of their jeering; this was presumably based on Tressell's own experiences.(Summary by Tadhg)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Clearly frustrated at the refusal of his contemporaries to recognise the iniquity of society, Tressell's cast of hypocritical Christians, exploitative capitalists and corrupt councillors provide a backdrop for his main target - the workers who think that a better life is "not for the likes of them". Hence the title of the book; Tressell paints the workers as "philanthropists" who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters. The hero of the book, Frank Owen, is a socialist who believes that the capitalist system is the real source of the poverty he sees all around him. In vain he tries to convince his fellow workers of his world view, but finds that their education has trained them to distrust their own thoughts and to rely on those of their "betters". Much of the book consists of conversations between Owen and the others, or more often of lectures by Owen in the face of their jeering; this was presumably based on Tressell's own experiences.(Summary by Tadhg)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

22h 40m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

04:01


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

20:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

21:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

26:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

14:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:34


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

19:10


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

28:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:14


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

29:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

20:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

34:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

22:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

22:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

36:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

26:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

21:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

23:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

15:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

19:42


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

17:56


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

12:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

14:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

28:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

13:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

12:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

22:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:30


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

17:57


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

22:14


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

20:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

15:55


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

38:56


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

32:43


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

31:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

28:48


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

38:18


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

15:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

40:04


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

23:25


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

21:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

16:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

33:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

54:40


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:28


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

14:55


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

15:48


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

10:38


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

10:36


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

23:03


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:29