Some of the selections here were essays and some were speeches but overall I preferred the direct non-fiction approach to what Morris was wanting to explain with his view on socialism. What I found most interesting was how so many of the problems he was describing are the problems we still haven't come any closer to fixing, globalisation, cheap labour, war for economic gains. It is also always refreshing to read Victorian writers complain about the problems of the "Modern" world.
While I thought a couple of the essays a little dull, overall I really enjoyed his style and insight. I think I would have been very happy living in his communist society. I liked the (impossibly) idealistic world he created, but I also liked it when he'd let his pessimism show through. I think my favourite paragraph of all was when he was saying how his study of history and art had led him to a hatred of civilisation. I could identify with that so much.
All told very interesting and definitely recommended. It made me even more proud of my tattoo, so much more than simply a guy who designed wall paper for posh people......Continua