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Although George Orwell grew up in the relative comfort of the English middle class, his socialist convictions and general sense of fairness led him to hate his country's deeply ingrained class structure. That perspective permeates this book, but the most striking elements are the quotidian details of life that Orwell observes in his first-person account of the lives of coal miners and others in the poor north of England. Wigan Pier is almost too realistic at times, as Orwell brings his unparalleled powers of observation to portray the wretched conditions of the working class. That Orwell may have slanted his reporting to make things look worse than they were is a question that does not lessen the book's interest.
* If 'peerless prose' could apply to one writer alone, I'd accord it to Orwell The Guardian * Jeremy Northam is superb. The manner is wholly entertaining yet maintaining an air of informative anecdote making the book so real and alive. The School Librarian on Down and Out in Paris and London * Simon Callow's remarkable narration brings out the many layers of Orwell's fable... Brilliant' The Observer on Animal Farm * Nineteen Eighty-Four is given fresh life through this vigorous narration The Observer on Ninteen Eighty-Four --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Terrible print-on-demand copy! No page numbers & numerous errors in text.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love George Orwell's writing. Very informative about the historical and cultural issues during this period. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sudha hamilton
This is a very nicely bound hard copy edition of one of George Orwell's more well known books. The text is clear and the pages are of good quality. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Shapiro
Mr. Orwell was an excellent writer. He went on a tour to find out about the lives of the coal minors and others. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jacqueline Davidson
Mr. Orwell had a great talent for powerful description using brief observations. He avoids being long winded or boorish and cuts to the chase. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David
Part one is a brilliant and touching bit of sociology.
Part two is an intelligent but bit overlong and polemical explanation and defense of Socialism.
nice book, read all of it (which is more than I usually do with books)Published 5 months ago by susan glazier