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Overall a great book- read both parts!
Read "Wigan Pier," and for more information, read Orwell's diary he kept during his trip to the north in Volume 1 of the Collected Essays.
They say a good book tells you what you already know (or suspect), and it's probably for that reason I enjoyed this one so much.
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 1 month ago by susan glazier
It's hard to speak truth, whether to power or to consensus and norms. Orwell struggles to find a voice against cant, and he always struggles to penetrate the fog of conformist... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an amazing book - but the new 2014 paperback edition by "CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform" is terrible. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. R. Wiggins
An amazing set of ethnographic views of coal mining in NE England, set in the context of dire social conditions - low pay, poor housing, and none of the 'fringe benefits' we know... Read morePublished 7 months ago by NJPollock
This is just for the paperback edition I ordered (http://tinyurl.com/k5kwccl). It's a facsimile edition that used some really bad text recognition software. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nadja Robot