Down and Out in Paris and London

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This text is the outcome of years spent in Paris and months spent tramping south-east England. It depicts what life was like for a striving author who was struggling to write, painting a vivid picture of the life he led in the lower depths.

ISBN: 9780141184388 Author: Orwell, George Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 27th September 2001 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 362.50942109043 (edition:21) Pages: 215 Edition: New Edition Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , ,

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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