20th Century Road To Wigan Pier (Twentieth Century Classics)

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9780140182385: 20th Century Road To Wigan Pier (Twentieth Century Classics)

A journey north in 1936, commissioned by the publisher Gollancz, produced Orwell's vivid and impassioned documentary of unemployment and proletarian life. This edition includes a new introduction by Julian Symons.

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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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