The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists chronicles the tale of Frank Owen, a traveling socialist visionary making his way from town to town in the name of the socialist revolution. When spring arrives, Frank Owen decides to settle in the quiet town of Mugsborough, and joins a group of workmen who are painting the home of a wealthy neighborhood resident. Owen is quickly befriended by two fellow workmen: Bodgit and Scarpy. Scarpy is thin and nearly emaciated. When the men break for lunch, Scarpy never has much to eat; only a bit of bread, or a biscuit and tea. Owen inquires as to why he's so thin and undernourished. Bodgit explains that his pay has been severely cut, and he barely has enough to feed his wife and three growing children at home.
An excellent insight into the abject poverty of the pre war years as relevant today as ever it was.
I’m not sure this is a story, but it is sending a message from the start of the 20th century which is sadly as true today as it was then.
However I can’t finish the book because the narration is awful and in addition I don’t think the book has been edited. I’m 6 hours in and already 2 parts have been repeated.
Loved it. Job insecurity, employment concerns. too much month at the end of the pay check, political corruption, it's all here. Couldn't recommend it more highly. Only complaint, having the title of the book read at the beginning of each chapter but please, don't be put off by that. I just finished it & am listening to it again as there's so much in it, that a second listen is needed to pick up on the many themes it raises. Stellar!