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Without Prejudice   By: (1864-1926)

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Without Prejudice by Israel Zangwill is a timeless piece of literature that skillfully delves into the depths of human nature, exploring the multifaceted and complex theme of prejudice. A thought-provoking and impactful read, Zangwill's work captivates from the very first page, guiding readers through a vividly described world filled with echoes of inequality and social injustice.

Set in late nineteenth-century London, the narrative follows the lives of various characters representing different social classes, religions, and ethnicities. Zangwill expertly weaves together their stories, allowing readers to witness both the triumphs and struggles faced by individuals who find themselves caught in the unforgiving grip of prejudice.

Through the lens of a satirical and darkly humorous tone, Zangwill challenges societal norms and expectations regarding race, religion, and gender. One of the novel's greatest strengths lies in its ability to confront these issues head-on, unafraid to ruffle feathers or delve into uncomfortable territory. The author masterfully exposes the absurdity and illogicality of prejudice, encouraging readers to question their own biases and preconceived notions.

Furthermore, Zangwill's characters are skillfully drawn, fleshed out with depth and nuance. Each one serves as a representation of various human experiences, challenging readers to empathize with individuals who may initially appear as "the Other." The protagonist, Harry Burrell, is a particularly compelling character whose journey from privilege to enlightenment serves as a powerful vehicle for Zangwill's exploration of prejudice.

Without Prejudice is also noteworthy for its exploration of intersections between gender equality and prejudice. Zangwill brings to light the struggles faced by women in a patriarchal society, emphasizing the need for equality and justice across all realms of life. By intertwining this theme with others, the novel becomes a rallying cry for social change, leaving readers inspired to challenge social norms and fight for a more equal world.

While Zangwill's writing is undeniably brilliant, there are moments where the pacing may lag, particularly in the early chapters. However, this minor flaw is easily overlooked given the sheer impact and significance of the messages conveyed.

In the end, Without Prejudice stands as a literary masterpiece that serves as both a thought-provoking social commentary and a call to action. Zangwill's ability to tackle weighty subjects with a mixture of wit and sensitivity is commendable, and his characters feel remarkably real and relatable. This novel is a must-read for anyone seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the human condition and the power of empathy to overcome prejudice.

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WITHOUT PREJUDICE

BY I. ZANGWILL

Author Of "The Master," "Children Of The Ghetto" Etc., Etc.

TO YOU

NOTE

This book is a selection, slightly revised, from my miscellaneous work during the last four or five years, and the title is that under which the bulk of it has appeared, month by month, in the "Pall Mall Magazine." In selecting, I have omitted those pieces which hang upon other people's books, plays, or pictures a process of exclusion which, while giving unity to a possible collection of my critical writings in another volume, leaves the first selection exclusively egoistic.

I.Z.

CONTENTS

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GOSSIPS AND FANTASIES

I. A VISION OF THE BURDEN OF MAN: WHICH MAY SERVE TO INTRODUCE THE INTRODUCTION II. TUNING UP III. ART IN ENGLAND IV. BOHEMIA AND VERLAINE V. THE INDESTRUCTIBLES VI. CONCERNING GENERAL ELECTIONS VII. THE REALISTIC NOVEL VIII. IN DEFENCE OF GAMBLING IX. TRULY RURAL X. OPINIONS OF THE YOUNG FOGEY XI. CRITICS AND PEOPLE XII. TABLE TALK XIII. THE ABOLITION OF MONEY XIV. MODERN MYTH MAKING XV. THE PHILOSOPHY OF TOPSY TURVYDOM XVI... Continue reading book >>




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