Written on: 08/01/2007 by Kevin Unitt (6 reviews written)
A truly extraordinary book, in my opinion the greatest ever effort of a truly extraordinary writer.
Orwell manages to raise the very real issues of poverty and social class - and of society's pecking order - yet does it in a warm, funny and engaging way which feels as far away from a lecture as could be.
The issues are still relevant today.
Orwell speaks with authority on his subject, because he has truly lived it, and reveals incredibly insight after incredible insight on a... (read more)
Written on: 01/08/2005 by alan cole (12 reviews written)
Down and Out in Paris is a classic Orwell text and not to be overlooked in favour of the better known Orwell novels. It provides a brilliant political and social insight into the struggles of those at the bottom end of society in the two great cities of London and Paris during the social upheavals of the 1930s. It is also written with humour as Orwell goes 'undercover' visiting various flophouses and dingy apartments. Also contains the classic Orwell quote: "There is no greater snob than a... (read more)
Written on: 23/06/2005 by olga1921 (2 reviews written)
George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London (Essential.penguin S.): It was a while ago that I read it, but it is a very amusing description of living on no money in 1930 London and Paris, cockroaches and waiter's jobs. Not deeply meaningful, and only a day or two's reading, but very good. (read more)
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