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September Reading Wrap-up:


Not to be one of those people, but how is it October already? September saw me move into a new flat, start my postgraduate course and get myself into one of those ghastly reading slumps. I found my footing once again at the back-end of the month, though, so all is good. I read 6 books and few essays here and there, as well as DNF’d a book.

As usual, I will post reviews for most of the following books – the ones highlighted will already be live. So, here’s what I read in September…

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The Condition of the Working Class in England:



‘The middle classes have a truly extraordinary conception of society. They really believe that human beings […] have real existence only if they make money or help to make it’

Rating: 4 stars

Read: 21 September – 25 September, 2018

I’m happy that Friedrich Engels’ study of the working class in England (well, four chapters of it) was a compulsory read for university. I doubt I would have picked it up otherwise. I decided to read it in its entirety and I don’t regret my decision. Written during his stay in Manchester from 1842-1844, Engels complied his own observations with contemporary reports to detail the life of the victims of early industrial change. As my edition states, this historical study pairs brilliantly with contemporary writers such as Dickens and Gaskell.

It was a very hard read but, in the end, it was also very rewarding. It took me a while to make my way through, sometimes taking me an hour to read one chapter. It’s very detailed. Engels picks apart the relationship between the workers and bourgeoise, exploring all aspects of it. I looked at the proletarian in agricultural districts, mining districts, in factory settings, and more. I looked at the Irish and their relationship with the English workers and the property-holders. I looked at the conditions of the working-class, both in cities and in domestic spaces. There was so much packed into this.

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