The People of the Abyss - Jack London

The People of the Abyss

By Jack London

  • Release Date: 1903-01-01
  • Genre: Social Studies
Score: 4.5
From 52 Ratings


In this novel tells that brought world-wide attention to the appalling conditions facing England's working poor in the early twentieth century.


  • A must read for the socially aware

    By RicPDX
    This book chronicled a horrific time in London's recent past. It is also a warning about what may lie ahead in America's future. Though it is not one of Jack London's well known books, it is arguably one of his most valuable and will surprise if not shock readers of his great novels.
  • Worth Reading

    I wish more people would read this and apply it to modern day Oakland or Richmond for example in California. The last chapter especially.
  • The People of the Abyss

    By rook
    This was an amazing read. Certainly worth the time and a good read for anyone who has thoughts about how little is too little.
  • A Real Eye-opener

    By Dinkerspiel
    It was hard to imagine this treatise was written by the same person who wrote so many sterling fictional pieces. The amount of depression I felt reading Abyss is Brobdingnagian. How cruel the world can be to untold millions of people through no fault of their own. I could not help but wonder which life would be considered worse, one living in London during those days or a slave living in a strange land without the hope of freedom. Neither option is better than the other for the miserable wretches that had no choice in their own destiny. One more story that helps confirm those who say there is no hell like the hell here on earth and extirpates those espousing a loving supreme being. ;-(