George Orwell, Down & Out in Paris & London Review

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Kevin Unitt's review of George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London


“A truly extraordinary book, in my opinion the greatest...”

Written on: 08/01/2007 by Kevin Unitt (6 reviews written)

Good Points
Social comment, pathos, humour, its revelations.

Bad Points
That it didn't go on forever.

General Comments
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 poverty-stricken world many people will hope never to have to experience themselves.

The book is a blow to the senses - dispelling pre-conceived myths about the poor and needy and homeless, creating a situation where the reader feels suddenly emotionally involved with the characters in the book as well as the chracters in real life that they are based on.

Added to all this is a writing style that for me has never been bettered, and probably never will be.

Orwell was an absolute master of his craft, and this could well be his crowning glory.

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