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A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton. Between them, these passages or ‘images,’ as Jennings preferred to call them are meant to provide a composite picture of how contemporaries experienced the triumph of the machine, how it transformed both their outward circumstances and inner lives. I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws, with the details, whether good or bad, left to the working out of what we may call chance. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Pandæmonium by Humphrey Jennings – review

About half past eleven o’clock in the morning of the 25th May,the neighbouring villages were alarmed by a tremendous explosion in this colliery. It includes poetry, diary extracts and contemporary writings and gives an excellent flavour of the changes taking place.

I plan ppandaemonium revisit this book using one of the alternative reading routes suggested in the book an interesting approach which gathers together “images” relating to certain themes such as “railways”, “Mines”, “Industrial”, “London”.

Jennings’s daughter, Mary-Louise, in her excellent introduction, implies that the book should be read in order. The concept of arranging text as montage is a fantastic one, with texts reflecting, refracting and contradicting each other, creating a kaleidoscope of meaning.

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As Adam Smith observes that there is not above one productive man in twenty, they argue that if each laboured the twentieth part of time, it would produce enough to satisfy their wants.

Some of the “images” as the author calls the passages presented provide fascinating insight into the coming of the industrial revolution and the social changes that came with it, some of these also provided me with pointers to other contemporary books or authors which I might find interesting ito read up on and many of which can be found for free on project gutenberg or amazon due to their age.


This is worth the time required to read it. 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. I was delighted to see Goldsmith, Johnson and Kit Smart being used. As in this example, where Jennings opines on a description of an industrial explosion, Jennings bravely states that the common sense notion that “accidents will happen” is a “Calvinist” kind of fatalism: Sometimes they fall back on a stratum that crumbles away from behind them more easily; but then again they had to roll over rock that yields to them scarcely more perceptibly than the anvil to the serpent.

It is also worth noting that this review is for the original binding, there has been a re-release which was re-edited post interest in the book. And I beheld human beings, clad in the skins of animals, and armed with clubs and spears; and they had formed themselves habitations in caves, constructed huts for shelter, and enclosed pastures for cattle, and were endeavouring to cultivate the soil.

Refresh and try again. In this example, an humprey from Boswell’s biography of Dr. True to Jennings original intention this collection of writings is a visual piece. Of particular personal interest to me were the many images of a growing, sprawling London – an ascending capital of the world; anyone who’s lived in the city for even a short time, will undoubtedly find the love-hate filled images exhilarating and familiar.

The coal, which has been drawn from below ground, is blazing on the surfac This is a compedium of primary sources from the industrial revolution. She said, he worked jenhings the Lead Mines.

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

Trivia About Pandaemonium, Order by newest oldest recommendations. Each piece sheds light on those that come before and after, as it measures how the human imagination experienced the Industrial Revolution. Open Preview See a Problem? For those with a great interest in this period and in the Industrial Revolution, this book will be a good reference point, but I would probably not recommend it to the casual reader. Accordingly I had several small boxes made, in which I fixed lenses of shorter focus, and with these I obtained very perfect but extremely small pictures; such as without great stretch of imagination might be supposed to be the work of some Lilliputian artist.


One of the greatest surprises was the accompanying religious revolution.

Either way, it did make the book feel like a solid lump of text without much breaking the passages up, making it feel heavy-going at times. But Pandaemonium is far from routine; it reflects the deeply felt preoccupations of an unusual man”, and said that through the texts selected, the humpphrey “conveys the heroic promise of industrialism as well as the devastation, the humanistic spirit of science as well the dehumanizing dangers”.

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In many ways the two accounts of the same journey are extraordinarily similar p. The Black Country is anything but picturesque. I intend to try and find a copy of this as reviews seem to suggest it has been re-edited for a modern readership, but notes that there is a fair amount left out which is why I sought out a copy of the original.

It’s the kind of excitement never felt in our own time. Retrieved 26 November The Coming of the Machine as Seen by Contemporary Observers is a book of contemporary observations of the coming, development, and impact of the Industrial Revolution in the United Kingdom, collected by documentary film-maker Humphrey Jennings and published posthumously in by Icon Books having received funding for the project from the Elephant Trust.

There is a rumbling and clanking of iron forges and rolling mills. Let each man hope and believe what he can.

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Sep 13, tom bomp rated it liked it. Cameron Willis rated it it was amazing Apr 21, E rated it it was amazing Jun 08, I bought a copy of Pandaemonium maybe 10 years ago but never managed to get it read. Workmen covered with smut, and with fierce white eyes, are seen moving about amongst the glowing iron and dull thud of forge-hammers p. Be the first to ask a question about Pandaemonium,