[KINDLE] ❄ Captain Lobe: A Story of the Salvation Army ❦ Margaret Harkness – Pimply.info

Captain Lobe: A Story of the Salvation Army I picked up this book at the Museum of London Docklands I d not come across Margaret Harkness in the books I d been reading about Victorian East London, but the book sounded great so I thought I d get it Later in the week I started reading East End 1888 and it quotes from her, and in particular this novel, extensively I have to say this is by far the best novel written and set in the Victorian East End While she s a little judgemental, she s a lot understanding than Morrison Her characters aren t poor because they are just lazy criminals born that way, but rather are hard working and exploited There are men and women who drink too much and are violent towards their children and each other, but the characters presented are human rather than sub human What is interesting about this book is that she also looks into the psychology of the people who are there to help She is as critical of the charity workers as she is of the poor While she presents the salvation army characters feelings and activities with earnestness she does make them seem a little naive How they offer prayers when people need bread and how they are obsessed with people being saved and don t really consider other Christian denominations are really Christian one has a dream where a vicar is taken away to hell It reminded me so much of the Christianity I was brought up in, and how at the age of 17 and 18 all I wanted to do was to help the poor But despite all that I really loved this book The main character Lobe, was well meaning but rather misguided He was young and trying to help people and desperately in love The object of his desire was the young factory owner who wanted to become a slum worker, but was deemed too fragile and instead was told to start looking at conditions within her own factory Which I think was entirely the right thing to have done But there were other great characters, there was a lovely agnostic charity worker who had some wonderful arguments with Lobe, and seemed to be the true heroine, though she was hardly in it There was the wonderful factory mistress who d worked her way up from the shop floor and was working to take care of her mother for a man she hated She was a really great character, though her ambitions seemed to be mocked a little which seemed unfair Though her racist beliefs make her far from perfect It was also interesting to see that the Covent Garden area was in many ways considered a worst slum that Whitechapel The descriptions of the poverty and the lack of work were very bleak But there were some great quotes about people that are easily converted into people s stereotypes today And among the foreigners lounges the East End loafer, monarh of all he surverys, lord of the premises It is amusing to see his British air of superority His hands are deep down in his pockets of his fustian trousers, round his neck is a bit of coloured rag or flannel, on his head is a tattered cap He is looked upon as the scum of the nation, but he feels himself to be an Englishman, and able to kick the foreigner back to his own dear native land if only government would belive in England for the English and give all foreigners notice I get angry with the poor things down here sometimes, as I did with the man this evening but I generally feel for them nothing but pity, because they are the victims of a state of barbarism which some people call civilisation When they went in two of the girls were kissing, and this sight roused the ire of the labour mistress, who said, Kisses between women mean nothing I ve seen women kiss that have longed to scratch each others eyes out Go on with your work and keep your kisses for your sweethearts I enjoyed the novel very much I am going to hunt down works by this author we only have two of her novels at work Hopefully they will be just as interesting. Very interesting read Fast paced and filled with Salvation Army members, it was ultimately an enjoyable book about charitable slumming. I picked up this book at the Museum of London Docklands I d not come across Margaret Harkness in the books I d been reading about Victorian East London, but the book sounded great so I thought I d get it Later in the week I started reading East End 1888 and it quotes from her, and in particular this novel, extensively I have to say this is by far the best novel written and set in the Victorian East End While she s a little judgemental, she s a lot understanding than Morrison Her characters aren t poor because they are just lazy criminals born that way, but rather are hard working and exploited There are men and women who drink too much and are violent towards their children and each other, but the characters presented are human rather than sub human What is interesting about this book is that she also looks into the psychology of the people who are there to help She is as critical of the charity workers as she is of the poor While she presents the salvation army characters feelings and activities with earnestness she does make them seem a little naive How they offer prayers when people need bread and how they are obsessed with people being saved and don t really consider other Christian denominations are really Christian one has a dream where a vicar is taken away to hell It reminded me so much of the Christianity I was brought up in, and how at the age of 17 and 18 all I wanted to do was to help the poor But despite all that I really loved this book The main character Lobe, was well meaning but rather misguided He was young and trying to help people and desperately in love The object of his desire was the young factory owner who wanted to become a slum worker, but was deemed too fragile and instead was told to start looking at conditions within her own factory Which I think was entirely the right thing to have done But there were other great characters, there was a lovely agnostic charity worker who had some wonderful arguments with Lobe, and seemed to be the true heroine, though she was hardly in it There was the wonderful factory mistress who d worked her way up from the shop floor and was working to take care of her mother for a man she hated She was a really great character, though her ambitions seemed to be mocked a little which seemed unfair Though her racist beliefs make her far from perfect.It was also interesting to see that the Covent Garden area was in many ways considered a worst slum that Whitechapel The descriptions of the poverty and the lack of work were very bleak But there were some great quotes about people that are easily converted into people s stereotypes today And among the foreigners lounges the East End loafer, monarh of all he surverys, lord of the premises It is amusing to see his British air of superority His hands are deep down in his pockets of his fustian trousers, round his neck is a bit of coloured rag or flannel, on his head is a tattered cap He is looked upon as the scum of the nation, but he feels himself to be an Englishman, and able to kick the foreigner back to his own dear native land if only government would belive in England for the English and give all foreigners notice I get angry with the poor things down here sometimes, as I did with the man this evening but I generally feel for them nothing but pity, because they are the victims of a state of barbarism which some people call civilisation When they went in two of the girls were kissing, and this sight roused the ire of the labour mistress, who said, Kisses between women mean nothing I ve seen women kiss that have longed to scratch each others eyes out Go on with your work and keep your kisses for your sweethearts.I enjoyed the novel very much I am going to hunt down works by this author we only have two of her novels at work Hopefully they will be just as interesting. More than just a story about the conditions and characters of late 19th century London, this book also brings forth a multitude of questions and points of views I guess some would say that the characters are too rigidly defined Although I would agree with this, I don t have a problem with it.I think that this is a book that challenges one s thoughts and the characters are there to serve that purpose as much as telling an eye opening story. In Darkest London Is A Social Documentary Of The East End In The S It Was Originally Published In , As Captain Lobe A Story Of The Salvation Army By John Law Margaret Harkness, Who Wrote Under The Pen Name Of John Law, Is Considered One Of The Important Expounders Of Social Realism In Late Th Century England Her Passionate Sense Of Justice And Determined Desire For Social Reform Are Paramount In All Her Writings And Her Description Of The Impoverishment In The East End Of London, Where She Lived For Several Years Gathering First Hand Material About The Lives And Labour Of The People There, Is Keenly Observed


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