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The Road to Wigan Pier Paperback – June 29, 2008
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
True genius ... all his anger and frustration found their first proper means of expression in Wigan Pier -- Peter Ackroyd * The Times * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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More typo's than I care to mention. Horrible work checking over the final draft.
This version seems cheaply made. There are weird typos throughout, which I couldn't tell were supposed to be there as some sort of commitment to an original version or because it was copy-pasted from another file and printed independently. It is not from a traditional publisher, so this might be the case.
Still readable though, and for the price it is fine.
Yet it is resonant of today's concerns about the effects of poverty on people's lives, everyday living and dreams.
The second section is a useful overview of social politics, class divides, and ideologies of Socialism, Fascism, and Communism as Orwell thought through, and clearly expressed his thinking.
All for the 1930s, yet so pertinent to remind us 80 years later.
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