- 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 (246 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,003,184 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 ›
Unfortunately for Orwell and me, the errors in the Kindle version were quite distracting. For one thing, words that are considered improper have been ---- out. This is a major problem considering the book includes a section specifically about the improper language used in London during the time. Quite a bit of this section is ---- out. Furthermore, there are typos all over the place. I submitted corrections for 23 errors. Stopping every now and again to report content error did not help the flow of the story.
Overall, I am going to try and get my money back for this purchase. Maybe I'll read the story again someday and have a much more pleasing experience.
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
Interesting reporting on extreme poverty in London and Paris in post World War One Europe. Has some anti semitic passages which, while distasteful, can be written off as a product... Read morePublished 1 month ago by biblio files
Engaging, slightly depressing, but a consistently fine read. Orwell is in his element - you'll feel your stomach growling as you read.Published 1 month ago by UrbanMonique
Excellent portrayal of poverty and lower class working life in the prewar period. Quite an fascinating read as well for the insight on the culture and customs (especially including... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tyler H
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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago by D. Allen
A classic historical piece that everyone would benefit from readingPublished 3 months ago by G. Perkins