Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

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This book was set about 70 years ago. When I picked it up, I wasn’t sure I would like it. I was utterly amazed by it. I don’t think I’ll forget it.
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This unusual fictional account, in good part autobiographical, narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.
 

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George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair in 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton for four years. Orwell was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left the position after five years and then moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books, Burmese Days and Down and Out In Paris. Orwell then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, Orwell served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. He started writing for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune. Soon after he published the world-famous book, Animal Farm, which became a huge success for Orwell. It was then towards the end of his life when Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four. George Orwell died on January 23, 1950 in London.
 
Published March 15, 1972 by Mariner Books. 196 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History, Travel, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 05 2012

The youth...eventually lands a job as a dishwasher behind the scenes of a smart hotel restaurant. Vivid and lurid and unappetizing, are the pictures he gives of what goes on behind the scenes, human and otherwise.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Murphy on Apr 02 2008

This book was set about 70 years ago. When I picked it up, I wasn’t sure I would like it. I was utterly amazed by it. I don’t think I’ll forget it.

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Suite 101

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Reviewed by Chris Saliba on Mar 22 2010

Down and Out in Paris and London has not dated one bit since the seventy or so years since it was first published. The reader feels like they have been transplanted back to the underbelly of 1930s Paris and London.

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Helium

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Reviewed by Greg Lawson on May 09 2011

The clarity of Orwell’s prose gives the reader a real fly-on-the-wall view of life on the streets, especially with regard to its colourful characters; surprisingly, there are several amusing moments interspersed throughout.

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