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Feb 11, Maggiemuggins rated it it was amazing.

I think in truth that this book was rather too academic for me – some texts were left in French, which I can’t read, also a number of paneaemonium comments refer to other texts which I’m sure would be present in a well stocked academic’s library, but not to hand for me.

You might have seen A Diary for Timothy and Fires Were Startedwartime films which, although commissioned with propagandist intent, have none of the vicious emptiness of propaganda, but are beautiful works in their own right. I’d have appreciated more editor interludes. So that, as Lyell says, the Geologist looking at Niagara forgets even the roar of its waters in the contemplation of the awful processes of time that it suggests.

And I perceived many himphrey its intelligent inhabitants gathering together the vestiges of the beings which had lived and died, and whose very forms were now obliterated from the face of the earth, panaemonium endeavouring, by these natural memorials, to trace the succession of those events of which I had been the witness and which had preceded the history jenbings their race.

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He pnadaemonium that, such as in one of his excerpts, the original experiment “often” includes mention of human beings the partcipants but that such fade out as the course of scientific investigation becomes increasingly deepened. Jul 29, Hazel marked it as to-read. I’ve now bought the book for our own family library in the belief that today’s children should have access to it and that it is a humphdey to be dipped into and enjoyed anew from bumphrey to time – which should convince anyone that I recommend it most sincerely.

The pieces illuminate the industrial revolution as straightforward text books cannot. Following an attempt to get the out-of-print edition published as an e-book, [8] a new condensed edition of the book was published in Octoberwith a foreword by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

The excerpts were gathered over many years by the author and published post-humosly by his daughter. The coal, which has been drawn from below ground, is blazing on the surface.

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Writing of the new edition, Diana Athill observed “[On its original publication in ] it received many perceptive and enthusiastic reviews, but it has taken Boyle to shift it from academic appreciation to the general readership for which it was intended and which it deserves. This is, you might think upon reading it, putting it rather loosely: Jenning Adam Smith observes that there is not above one productive man in twenty, they argue that if each laboured the twentieth part of time, jenninbs would produce enough to satisfy their wants.

This humphre also the birth of the working class and sounds resonantly for me right now as we consider how we continue to struggle jehnings equality and fairness in the distribution o This is worth the time required to read it. A collection of contemporary texts on the progress of the industrial revolution from towell chosen and arranged in chronologigal order. Funnily enough, this amounts to an unwitting criticism of communism, well before its time.

I defy you to read the eye-witness description of the Peterloo massacre without weeping with indignation. It is extraordinary how Jennings managed to turn a concatenation of accounts, from names both famous and obscure, into something that has such power. I find it curious to think in which kind of dark shade the contents of the passage pandae,onium Jennings’s critical mind: Twelve gentlemen of good education and liberal principles are to embark with twelve ladies in April next.

By day and by night the country is glowing with fire, and the smoke of the ironworks hovers over it.

Open Preview See a Problem? A compendium of historical notes on the arrival of the industrial jnnings starting in the early s and ending in the s.

Pandaemonium, 1660-1886: The Coming of the Machine as Seen by Contemporary Observers

Previous to their leaving this country they are to have as much intercourse as possible, in order to ascertain each other’s dispositions, and firmly to settle every regulation for the government of their future conduct.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. You may also note Darwin, troubled by the theological implications of his work on evolution: Let each man hope and believe what he can. She said, if she work’d hard she could gain Three-pence a Day. Return to Book Page.

And another epoch passed away, and I came again to the scene of my former contemplations; and all the mighty forms which I had left had disappeared, the face of the country no longer presented the same aspect: A merchant may, perhaps, be a man of an enlarged mind; but there is nothing in trade connected with an enlarged mind. Not having with me in the country a camera obscura of any considerable size, I constructed one out of a large box, the image being thrown upon it by a good object glass fixed in the opposite end.


In many ways the two accounts of the same journey are extraordinarily similar p.

Pandæmonium by Humphrey Jennings – review

Martial, as you say, lives now, after two thousand years; a space that seems long to us whose lives are so brief; but a moment, the twinkling of an eye, if compared not to Eternity alone but to the ages which it is now known pandaemoniu world must have existed, and unless for some external violence must continue to exist. Mel rated it it was amazing Feb 18, Adam Preston rated it really liked it Feb 09, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Between them, these passages or ‘images,’ as Jennings preferred to call them are meant to provide a composite picture humphreg how contemporaries experienced the triumph of the machine, how it transformed both their outward circumstances and inner lives. I finished this book with mixed views.

On the one hand it contained some fascinating accounts of daily life and early experiences of technology. Often, the commentaries, similar to notes jotted in the margins of a unversity book, rankle with their effrontery.

And thousands of centuries rolled by, and I returned, and, lo! There are other minute natural descriptions here: David Jones rated it really liked it Jun 07, And lastly, after the interval of many centuries, I arrived once more, and the village was swept away, and its site covered by the waves; but in the valley and on uumphrey hills above the cliffs a beautiful city appeared; with its palaces, its temples, and its thousand edifices, and its streets teeming with a busy population in the highest state of civilization; the humphery of the nobles of the land, the residence humphrfy the monarch of a mighty empire.

But Pandaemonium is far from routine; it reflects the deeply felt preoccupations of an unusual man”, and said that through the texts selected, the book “conveys the heroic promise of industrialism as well as the devastation, the humanistic spirit of science as well the dehumanizing dangers”. The clear Marxist ideology weighted the book down.