The Nether World

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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - Fiction - 416 pages
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In the social classification of the nether world -- a subject which so eminently adapts itself to the sportive and gracefully picturesque mode of treatment -- it will be convenient to distinguish broadly, and with reference to males alone, the two great sections of those who do, and those who do not, wear collars. Each of these orders would, it is obvious, offer much scope to an analyst delighting in subtle gradation. Taking the collarless, bow shrewdly might one discriminate between the many kinds of neckcloth which our climate renders necessary as a substitute for the nobler article of attire!

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User Review  - Diana Woolley - Goodreads

An interesting read about the downtrodden in England. Does a good job of showing what living in poverty was like back in this era. Shows how your choices effect your future. Good character development. I enjoyed it and would recommend it if you don't mind a long read. Read full review

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User Review  - Kim - Goodreads

OK, let me start by saying that the entire time I was reading this book I was reminded of Dickens. It was his London. The Victorian London, but the poor London. However, Dickens gives me moments of ... Read full review

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Recent years have seen a strong revival of interest in Gissing, many of whose novels are now available in reprints. A bridge between late Victorianism and early modernism, Gissing's novels combine two essential themes of the period; the isolation and struggle of the artist and the economic bondage of the proletariat. New Grub Street (1891) and his own indirect autobiography, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft (1903), reveal the close connection in Gissing between fiction and autobiography. Workers in the Dawn (1880) and Demos: A Story of English Socialism (1892) dramatizes Gissing's conviction that economic and class divisions are central to human character and individual destiny.

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