Tales of mean streets

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Books for Libraries Press, 1970 - Fiction - 251 pages
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A brilliant evocation of a narrow, close-knit community -- that of the streets of London's East End in the 1890s. Morrison knew that his East Enders were not a race apart, but ordinary men and women, scraping by perhaps, but neither criminals nor paupers. He chronicled their adventures and misadventures, their wooings and their funerals, with sympathy, humor and a sense of both the tragedies and comedies to be found in the "mean streets, " from Lizerunt's disastrous marriage to Scuddy Lond's but imperfect conversion and "Squire" Napper's quickly dispersed fortune.

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A series of vignettes, most with little plot development, of the life of the lumpenproletariate in late 19thC London. Depressing as the stories are, Morrison has little sympathy for his characters ... Read full review


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