Down and Out in Paris and London
- Penguin Modern Classics
- Narrated by: Thomas Judd
- Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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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.
'You have talked so often of going to the dogs - and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them.'
Written when Orwell was a struggling writer in his 20s, 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 audiences, Orwell gave a human face to the statistics of poverty for the first time - and in doing so, found his voice as a writer.
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I really enjoyed this book, in every aspect and highly recommend it to anyone. It was excellent
Down and out...
A vivid account of the destitution and squalor among the very poor of society during the late 1920s. Orwell writes honestly and factually about his experiences, and as a piece of social history it is a good read.
- Lorraine Sandham
A Must Read
This book shines light on the poor of the early 20th century. George Orwell, brilliant.