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Nether World

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Nether World by George Gissing is a thought-provoking novel that explores the societal issues of poverty, class inequality, and the impact of industrialization on the working class in Victorian England. The story follows the lives of two main characters, Jane and Sidney, as they struggle to navigate the harsh realities of their circumstances.

Gissing's writing is both compelling and poignant, drawing the reader into the bleak world of the characters and allowing them to experience their struggles firsthand. The contrast between the wealthy elite and the impoverished working class is starkly depicted, showcasing the stark divide between the two classes and the difficulties faced by those on the lower rungs of society.

One of the most striking aspects of Nether World is the character development, particularly of Jane and Sidney. As they navigate poverty, loss, and despair, the reader is drawn into their emotional journey and becomes deeply invested in their fates. Gissing's portrayal of their struggles is raw and unflinching, making the novel both heartbreaking and compelling.

Overall, Nether World is a powerful and gripping novel that offers a compelling insight into the hardships faced by the working class in Victorian England. Gissing's writing is both evocative and moving, and the characters are vividly drawn, making this a must-read for fans of classic literature and social commentary.

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This sad social novel revolves around the problematic issue of money. Michael returns from Australia to London a rich man. However, he hides this fact from everybody and spends money only on the things he really needs. He contemplates leaving his money to his granddaughter Jane, under the condition that she donate at least most of it to charity. However, Jane is not sure she can do it. This novel tells much about working class life in 19th century London.


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