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 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.
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Down and Out in Paris and London is the first full-length work by the English author George Orwell, published in 1933. It is a story in two parts on the theme of poverty in the two cities. The first part is a picaresque account of living on the breadline in Paris and the experience of casual labour in restaurant kitchens. The second part is a travelogue of life on the road in and around London from the tramp's perspective, with descriptions of the types of hostel accommodation available and some of the characters to be found living on the margins. Orwell gives it an autobiographical feel by interposing chapters presenting his personal opinions.Product Description:
Both of Orwell's searing reportage accounts of poverty in the 1930s in one volume.
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Book Description Penguin UK; Secker & Warburg edition (1971), 1971. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. International Edition. Paperback: 190 Pages Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics (1971) ISBN-10: 0140002979 ISBN-13: 978-0140002973 ASIN: B00K24S9T8 International Edition. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1476676964508
Book Description Penguin UK, 1940. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140002979