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Down and Out in Paris and London - Penguin Essentials (Paperback)
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Down and Out in Paris and London - Penguin Essentials (Paperback)

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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 'Hotel 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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141393032
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 133 g
Dimensions: 181 x 111 x 13 mm


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“Down and Out in Paris and London”

After picking up Catch 22 this month and failing miserably to become involved in it, I turned back to another classic author I knew would not fail to captivate me, George Orwell. Down and Out in Paris and London, is a... More

Paperback edition
15th September 2009
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“Phenomenal ”

Down and Out in Paris and London is an eye opening account from George Orwell that really makes you think - from something so simple as how one will never eat in a posh restaurant in Paris ever again, to how... More

Paperback edition
13th January 2016
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