The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City

The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City

4.0 38
by Jennifer Toth
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

This book is about the thousands of people who live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels of New York City.
See more details below

Overview

This book is about the thousands of people who live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels of New York City.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Toth's firsthand account of the sad, bizarre subculture of people who live in New York's abandoned subway tunnels and sewage lines. (Sept.)
Library Journal
``Mole people'' are the thousands of homeless people who live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels of New York City. Drawing on her interviews with these tunnel dwellers, who speak candidly and demonstrate their humanness, journalist Toth pulls the reader into this nether world, revealing lives of addiction and abuse. She also portrays people who try to help, including a woman who teaches the children and a kind man known as the mayor who does all he can to help others survive. In providing a historical backround, Toth informs the reader that living underground was not always considered ``inhuman.'' Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-- Kevin Whalen, Montville Township P.L., N.J.
Aaron Cohen
Toth did not want to call the residents of the tunnels underneath New York City "mole people". But as she continued her investigation, she learned it was what they wanted to be called. Her book about them amounts to a study of the houseless (they don't want to be known as the "homeless", either), who live essentially in the subways. While she always remained an outsider, the mole people gradually told her about themselves. Besides the overwhelming presence of AIDS, crack, death, and violence among them, they also have a sense of family and community. They frequently elect "mayors" and "spokesmen" to address their concerns, and their encounters with police and philanthropic organizations are often surprising. The statements Toth extracted from them are reason enough to recommend the book; for startling example, the credo of a guy named Bob: "Do what you have to do today. Tomorrow will come. And if it doesn't, you won't have to deal with it."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569764527
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
108,155
File size:
18 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >