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George Orwell

Down and Out in Paris and London: Memoirs

Down and Out in Paris and London is the first full-length work by the English author George Orwell, published in 1933. It is a memoir in two parts on the theme of poverty in the two cities. Its target audience was the middle and upper class members of society—those who were more likely to be well educated—and exposes the poverty existing in two prosperous cities: Paris and London. The first part is an account of living in near-destitution in Paris and the experience of casual labour in restaurant kitchens. The second part is a travelogue of life on the road in and around London from the tramp’s perspective, with descriptions of the types of hostel accommodation available and some of the characters to be found living on the margins.
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1933

İzlenimler

    Frenchegirlbir izlenim paylaşıldıgeçen yıl

    The first part of the book(about Paris) is vivid and funny sometimes. It's full of energy and hope. On the contrary, the second part seems to be difficult to read because of its melancholy and despair. Sometimes it looks like the book has been written by two different authors but, after all, it's worth reading as it gives a lot of historical facts and people life stories connected with the first three decades of the 20th century.

Alıntılar

    Lemanalıntı yaptı6 yıl önce
    The question is, why does this slavery continue?
    People have a way of taking it for granted that all work
    is done for a sound purpose. They see somebody else
    doing a disagreeable job, and think that they have
    solved things by saying that the job is necessary. Coal-
    mining, for example, is hard work, but it is necessary-we
    must have coal. Working in the sewers is unpleasant,
    but somebody must work in the sewers. And similarly
    with a
    plongeur's work. Some people must feed in
    restaurants, and so other people must swab dishes for
    eighty hours a week. It is the work of civilisation,
    therefore unquestionable. This point is worth
    considering.
    МИХАИЛalıntı yaptı8 ay önce
    Never worry, mon ami. Nothing is easier to get than money.’
    bblbrxalıntı yaptı2 yıl önce
    You can have cartoons about any of the parties, but you mustn’t put anything in favour of Socialism, because the police won’t stand it. Once I did a cartoon of a boa constrictor marked Capital swallowing a rabbit marked Labour. The copper came along and saw it, and he says, “You rub that out, and look sharp about it,” he says. I had to rub it out. The copper’s got the right to move you on for loitering, and it’s no good giving them a back answer.’

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