It’s months since I’ve read anything for this challenge, you can have a look at the July Prompt here.
So, which book has left a Lasting Impression?
For me that has to be Germinal by Emile Zola. I must admit that I read it a while ago, you can read my review of it here.
It isn’t a comfortable read and that’s probably one of the reasons that bits of it are still so clear in my mind. It’s about unemployment and people who are starving, rich people exploiting the poor and the terrible working conditions down mines which had to be endured, just to try to stay alive.
More than a hundred years on, the same problems are still with us. In the case of the men who are mining, they are still being buried alive and killed by roof collapses or explosions. If anything the conditions are even worse down the mines nowadays as machinery is used, so the noise and heat of that is added to what was already a hellish environment.
Remember the miners when you buy some silver/gold jewellery or a diamond ring. Some poor soul had to risk their life to dig it out of the earth for you. If, like me you’re squeamish about that thought, the only way you can get around it is to forego the bling or buy the antique variety. Then you aren’t propping up (no pun intended!) the modern mining industries.