People of the Abyss

Jack London’s tale of journeying into London’s East End and the living conditions he witnessed there was hard for me to really grasp. Even though I am reading about these people’s lives and their stories it is hard to imagine them being real with my modern day perspective. It seems impossible to me that people were actually able to live like that. I do think that Jack London makes a much bigger impact by having his work be journalistic stories with commentary rather than a more storylike narrative. The going back and forth between the people’s stories and London’s narration of shock and disbelief makes the situation very real to the reader. The inclusion of the upper class people in the beginning of the story also really helps drive the point home of just how dire the class differences were in London at the time.

-Katelin Montag


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