People of the Abyss
There was not a whole lot of content in this book that really surprised me, so far as the extent of the poverty that is portrayed. It was very reminiscent of the book Black Like Me. Anyway, I think it is an important and uniquely unadulterated look at the “Abyss” that was the East End. It provides a description of the time and place with a near-impossible (yet truly necessary) combination: it is the story of the East End seen through the eyes of a common pauper but portrayed through the eyes of a literary genius with enough status to make his voice heard.
I also thought it was very interesting just how much London’s style in this work is so much like that of Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Food for thought, that.