Book :: Down and out in Paris and London

Down and out in Paris and London
By: George Orwell
Pages: 213
Published: 1933
Genre(s): France
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Down and Out in Paris and London was written in the late 1920s, following George Orwell’ s return to London from Burma. While writing for various journals, Orwell took on the life of a tramp in order to investigate poverty and life on the road in and around London. Drawn by the low cost of living and bohemian lifestyle, Orwell moved to Paris in 1928, living in the same area of the city as...

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Really good read, I had no idea about this book before.

Dec 1st, 2022

forline forline

fascinating! Long before Kitchen Confidential!

Mar 24th, 2018

Tejas Nair Tejas Nair

An honest log of poverty in two great world cities, told so brutally & honestly, it easily becomes Orwell's second greatest work, only behind Animal Farm/1984 (tied). Reread - This second time reading it, after having read it in 2014, I felt slightly detached from what Orwell had to say about poverty in London and Paris in the 1930s. Five years ago, it was easily one of my favorite books of all time ( and now it doesn't feel like much. Maybe because I am now detached and too far from poverty than I was five years ago, which is both a good and bad thing, in the context of Down and Out in Paris and London.

Aug 2nd, 2014

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