- Publisher: Harcourt; Trade Paperback Edition edition (May 14, 1904)
- ASIN: B002UDFNNO
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,895,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Down and Out in Paris and London (Paperback) Paperback – May 14, 1904
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"The current London adjective, now tacked on to every noun is ..."
The second half of the book follows the narrator back to his native England, where he must find a way to get by in London while awaiting a permanent job. Here we are introduced to the tramp's way of life - vagrancy, begging, and sleeping in the cheapest (and filthiest) accomodations available. But we also get to know some of the narrator's fellow tramps, and to feel for them. They are not all the worthless, lazy scum that the higher classes of the time would paint them as. Orwell concludes the book with a brief treatise on the vagrant's plight and ways in which it can be eased, as well as making the tramp a usefull part of society.
Obviously Orwell's closing call-to-action is not entirely relevant anymore, as the workings of society have changed somewhat over the last century, but the book is nevertheless fascinating. A reader may at first be a little thrown off by the lack of a central plot, but once past this it is easy to get sucked into the world Orwell has illustrated here.Read more ›
We know the gist of the book: Orwell sets up shop amongst the �common people,� first washing dishes in various Paris restaurants and then tramping around London and environs. Proceeding via introductions and anecdotes--some hilariously funny, others downright heart-rending--�Down and Out in Paris and London� offers a detailed tour of a side of life that most of us will only ever read about. From the painstaking descriptions of exactly what kind of muck is to be found on the floor of a restaurant�s kitchen in 1920s and 1930s Paris (you don�t want to know, but he tells you) to elaborations on how to skirt begging laws in London and the dangers associated with such living, Orwell makes his points, one after the other. To his credit, though, there is little dogmatic moralizing; when, at the end of the book, he tells you what he�s learned, he doesn�t seem to feel the need to shove down the reader�s throat what is clearly stuck in his own. The feeling is strong, though, that you�d have to be blind, crazy or both, not to reach the same conclusions.
The greatest strength of �Down and Out,� though, is the manner in which Orwell never attempts to pass himself off as one of the people he is pretending to be.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great insight into the life and work of the main character and the people he meets, along with the life of struggling to survive day to day.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very well written account of moving amongst the hungry and the poor of 1930s Paris and London
Well worth reading and thinking about
If you like George Orwell or have been to London or Paris or care about poverty, then you'll give this at least four stars. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frank L. Greenagel Jr.
Read "Down and Out" definitely, but get a different edition. This one is full of typos, as though they scanned pages and had a computer try to read them: lots of places... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Allen
A classic historical piece that everyone would benefit from readingPublished 1 month ago by G. Perkins
If one major benefit of reading is the expansion of one's horizon and extension of one's empathy, then this book's yield is immense. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sheng
This is George Orwell's first book and it already shows his writing talent. It's an incredibly lifelike testimony of what it's like to be very poor, and how the poverty in itself... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patrick Thibaut
Great book, you'll never see homelessness the same way again.
I was surprised by how Orwell described the lack of gratefulness that the homeless showed. Read more