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Down and Out in Paris and Londonby George Orwell
After graduating from Eton and serving five years as a member of the Imperial Police in Burma, George Orwell went slumming. Determined to overcome his inherited middle class mores, Orwell lived in abject poverty as a dishwasher and a vagrant. Down and Out in Paris and London is a slightly fictionalized account of his adventures, and was his debut as a writer. Given the weight of the issues explored in this book, what surprised me most was how much fun it was to read. There are far too many clever turns of phrase, unexpected truths, and outrageous wackos for this book to be a bummer.
Synopses & Reviews
This unusual fictional account, in good part autobiographical, narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.
About the Author
George Orwell was the author of Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Homage to Calalonia, Burmese Days and many others. Known principally as a journalist and socialist in his day, he famously remounced Communism and died tragically young in January 1950.
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