Down And Out In Paris And London by George OrwellDown And Out In Paris And London by George Orwell

Down And Out In Paris And London

byGeorge Orwell

Mass Market Paperback | October 29, 2013

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Renowned urban artist Shepard Fairey's new look for Orwell's classic account of life on the streets To be poor and destitute in 1920s Paris and London was to experience life at its lowest ebb. George Orwell, penniless and with nowhere to go, found himself experiencing just this as he wandered the streets of both capitals in search of a job. By day, he tramped the streets, often passing time with 'screevers' or street artists, drunks and other hobos. At night, he stood in line for a bed in a 'spike' or doss house, where a cup of sugary tea, a hunk of stale bread and a blanket were the only sustenance and comfort on offer. Down and Out in Paris and London is George Orwell's haunting account of the streets and those who have no choice but to live on them.
Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was...
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Title:Down And Out In Paris And LondonFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.09 × 4.35 × 0.56 inPublished:October 29, 2013Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nobody told me it was non-fiction. Orwell is worth reading regardless but I found it slow and meandering.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Orwell at His Best My second-favourite Orwell installment ("Homage to Catalonia" is forever his best). His trademark descriptively terse language paints vivid scenes of and provides windows into the Paris and London of times gone by, as viewed by a man fully immersed in the lower strata—the mite-infested apartments, the subterranean hotel kitchens, the pawn shops, the men's shelters, and the characters that inhabit them.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! A fascinating insight into Orwell's experiences with poverty in (you guessed it) Paris and London. Very informative of his mindset in regards to politics.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking [edit] From Orwell, I have learned there is dignity in poverty. The conglomerate of tramps, beggars, and the homeless are commonly viewed as despicable dregs that taint our cities, the beings we avert our eyes from. This novel prompts questions as to how they got there? Why are we divided as them and us? What is important to consider when reading this novel is the outsider factor. Orwell willingly chose to experience poverty and was always kept at bay from real destitution with a trusty benefactor, and so one wonders whether he romanticises poverty...
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless While this is not an autobiography, Orwell drew deeply on his personal experience with poverty and the fringes of urban society. While it is firmly routed in its interwar context, it reveals truths about the opressive nature of poverty and homelessness that remain valid today.
Date published: 2008-02-08