by William MorrisI found this short book fascinating. (Probably 4.5 stars rating)
Written around 130 years ago, you really get a sense of Morris's passion and unified thought in eradicating social injustice. It flows through all he does. Ornamental Art? The world of the 1870s, according to Morris, wasproducing crap, via machines and pointless work, to merely sell and make a few rich in the Commercialism system. People are supposed to love buying, selling and especially making things. They aren't supposed to toil in order to get money. It's all pretty obvious but it really makes me wonder how things have changed over 100 years and how blinded we are to accepting mere toil as the acceptable and overarching human endeavor.
I'm going to be reading more of Morris's work on his philosophy of art and work. So good.
One downside is that there is a lot of bad Victorian writing going on here. Seriously, one paragraph length sentence had at least 2 semicolons and 3 colons! Wha??
|Title||Useful Work versus Useless Toil|
|eBook format||Paperback, (torrent)|
|File size||3.1 Mb|
|Book rating||3.87 (94 votes)