The People of the Abyss by Jack London

Paperback review

Sat, Jan 23, 2016, 00:43

   
 

Book Title:
The People of the Abyss

ISBN-13:
978-0957338531

Author:
Jack London

Publisher:
Tangerine Press

Guideline Price:
£10.00

Hats off to Tangerine Press for re-publishing Call of the Wild author Jack London’s descent into London’s east end in the 1900s. Sent to cover Edward VII’s coronation, he went in search of the real story – the stinking slums. Doffing his Yankee togs for filthy rags purchased off a barrow in Petticoat Lane, the young, vigorous, handsome, American spent seven weeks amidst foul tenements, starving children, alcoholic adults, stunted human beings and bottomless despair. London rails against the industrial machine – operating without restriction in a divided metropolis where one in every four adults died on public charity. People of the Abyss shows how far we have come, but also the dangers of a new abyss yawning as global capitalism dumps unions and enforces zero-hour contracts, and the global arms industry’s bombs drive millions from their homes.