Down & Out In Paris & London

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Written when Orwell was a struggling writer in his twenties, this book documents his ‘first contact with poverty’: sleeping in bug-infested hostels, working as a dishwasher in Paris, surviving on scraps and cigarette butts, living alongside tramps.

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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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Weight 0.133 kg
Dimensions 18.1 × 11.1 × 1.3 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

215

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

362.50942109043 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K