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The Road to Wigan Pier

Orwell, George

Published by Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0857863118 / ISBN 13: 9780857863119
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Title: The Road to Wigan Pier

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd

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2012. Main. Audio CD. The Road to Wigan Pier was first published in 1937, is a sociological look at living conditions in the industrial north of England before World War II. BIC Classification: FC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 155 x 150 x 31. Weight in Grams: 168. The Road to Wigan Pier was first published in 1937, is a sociological look at living conditions in the industrial north of England before World War II. Cateogry: (G) General (US: Trade). BIC Classification: FC. Dimension: 155 x 150 x 31. Weight: 168. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780857863119

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Synopsis: The Road to Wigan Pier is a graphic and biting polemic that still holds a fierce political relevance and impact despite being written over half a century ago. First published in 1937 it charts George Orwell's observations of working-class life during the 1930s in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His depictions of social injustice and rising unemployment, the dangerous working conditions in the mines amid general squalor and hunger also bring together many of the ideas to explored in his later works and novels.

Review: Although George Orwell grew up in the relative comfort of the English middle class, his socialist convictions and general sense of fairness led him to hate his country's deeply ingrained class structure. That perspective permeates this book, but the most striking elements are the quotidian details of life that Orwell observes in his first-person account of the lives of coal miners and others in the poor north of England. Wigan Pier is almost too realistic at times, as Orwell brings his unparalleled powers of observation to portray the wretched conditions of the working class. That Orwell may have slanted his reporting to make things look worse than they were is a question that does not lessen the book's interest.

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