Down and Out in Paris and London


Down and Out in Paris and London

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George Orwell's vivid memoir of his time living among the desperately poor and destitute, Down and Out in Paris and London is a moving tour of the underworld of society.

Written when Orwell was a struggling writer in his twenties, it documents his 'first contact with poverty'. Here, he painstakingly documents a world of unrelenting drudgery and squalor - sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses of last resort, working as a dishwasher in Paris's vile 'Hôtel X', surviving on scraps and cigarette butts, living alongside tramps, a star-gazing pavement artist and a starving Russian ex-army captain. Exposing a shocking, previously-hidden world to his readers, Orwell gave a human face to the statistics of poverty for the first time - and in doing so, found his voice as a writer.

Read the review 'Books that inspired me - Down and Out in Paris and London' in the Socialist 757

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Author Orwell, George
Binding Paperback
No. of Pages 230
Publisher Penguin Classics
Date of Publication 2001
ISBN 9780141184388

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