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ISBN: 0141187360 / ISBN-13: 9780141187365

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 ... Show synopsis

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  • Down and Out in Paris and London (Penguin Classics) – Mass-market paperback (2003)
    by George Orwell

    Down and Out in Paris and London

    Mass-market paperback, Penguin Classics
    2003
    New edition. New edition.
    240 pages

    ISBN: 0141187360
    ISBN-13: 9780141187365

    Written when Orwell was a struggling writer in his twenties, the book documents his 'first contact with poverty': sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses, working as a dishwasher in Paris, 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 readers, Orwell gave a human face to poverty, and in doing so, found his voice as a great writer.

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Reviews of Down and Out in Paris and London

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JEL1947

A Nice Introduction to Orwell

by JEL1947 on Feb 20, 2014

This book is a nice introduction to George Orwell's writing. He and other young Englishman like Patrick Leigh Fermor in the twenties and thirties took to the road and wrote about it. His observations about Paris and London life from the bottom looking up are interesting and, as seems the case when looking at life from this perspective, similar. The book is not too long and the writing engages you. It is free of political perspectives and just what you might expect from someone who wanted to find out what life was like on a tight budget. The restaurant kitchen scenes, after watching Food Network's Restaurant Impossible, are not shocking.

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mishv

gritty read that orwell is well known for

by mishv on Oct 23, 2008

Not a cheery book, but for anyone who enjoys realism in writing or stories of hardship, this is the ticket for you. You won't feel broke after you read this book.

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