The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
Published March 12, 2014
- Author Robert Tressell
I was on the back foot with this book from the start, as it is a very openly political tale about the benefits of socialism weighed against the disadvantages of capitalism. I’m not particularly interested in politics, and whilst I liked some of the descriptions of the economics of the two systems, I drifted off when there was talk of elections and money-grabbing corporations.
I did think the underlying story, with the circle of house painters trying to make their way in the world, made things a bit more interesting but it couldn’t really carry the whole book for me. It went on for a bit longer than I would have wanted, and stretched out the twists and turns of these character’s lives for ages.
Having said that, I can see why it was / is a popular book, and I thought it approached the difficult topics well - they’re just not subjects I’m interested in reading about.