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George Orwell - Down and Out In Paris and London (full audiobook)
"Down and Out in Paris and London" by George Orwell - Book Review
Down and Out in Paris and London is an extraordinary and curious book: beautifully phrased, meticulous, honest and funny. Orwell is a renowned progressive thinker, yet his good intentions occasionally mask questionable practises. Yet this is a book that has inspired countless people to try to understand the personal and political issues at the heart of homelessness — and continues to do so today. After reading the book as a young man, my own father was moved to sleep in a shop doorway on the streets of Exeter and was horrified by what he experienced. He carried this sense of injustice through his working life, even creating a scheme connecting companies with charities to establish temporary shelters in disused office buildings.
Being down and out is a universal, timeless story. Just ask George Orwell.
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"Down And Out In Paris And London"—Orwell's Argument
Andrew reviews books and occasionally movies for online blogs and print magazines. George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London is an account of the months he spent with the poor, destitute and half-starving people living on the brink in two great capital cities. In this review I want to look at the contents of Down and Out , give some insights into George Orwell's thinking at the time and to ask questions about its relevancy for today. Down and Out in Paris and London , the Penguin Modern Classics version, is pages long, made up of 38 short chapters. The first twenty-four are set in Paris, the remainder in London.
The mass of the rich and the poor are differentiated by their incomes and nothing else, and the average millionaire is only the average dishwasher dressed in a new suit. Change places, and handy dandy, which is the justice, which is the thief? Everyone who has mixed on equal terms with the poor knows this quite well. Yet, in this book about his own experience living in extreme poverty over the course of more than three months in late and early , Orwell makes again and again the strikingly obvious point: that the poor are human beings, just like the rest of us. For instance, writing about his time among tramps and beggars in London and its environs, Orwell notes:. It is worth saying something about the social position of beggars, for when one has consorted with them, and found that they are ordinary human beings, one cannot help being struck by the curious attitude that society takes toward them.
Down and Out in Paris and London is the first full-length work by the English author George Orwell , published in It is a memoir  in two parts on the theme of poverty in the two cities. The first part is an account of living in near- destitution 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. After giving up his post as a policeman in Burma to become a writer, Orwell moved to rooms in Portobello Road , London at the end of when he was