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Down and Out in Paris and London To Be Poor And Destitute In 1920s Paris And London Was To Experience Life At Its Lowest Ebb George Orwell, Penniless And With Nowhere To Go, Found Himself Experiencing Just This As He Wandered The Streets Of Both Capitals In Search Of A Job By Day, He Tramped The Streets, Often Passing Time With Screevers Or Street Artists, Drunks And Other Hobos At Night, He Stood In Line For A Bed In A Spike Or Doss House, Where A Cup Of Sugary Tea, A Hunk Of Stale Bread And A Blanket Were The Only Sustenance And Comfort On Offer Down And Out In Paris And London Is George Orwell S Haunting Account Of The Streets And Those Who Have No Choice But To Live On Them

10 thoughts on “Down and Out in Paris and London

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    Do not read this book if you are unemployed.Do not read this book if you are homeless.Do not read this book if you are worried about the tanking economy.Do not read this book if you have no retirement savings.Do not read this book if you don t like eating stale bread and margarine.Do not read this book if you like eating in restaurants.Do not read this book if you are sensitive to foul odors.Do not read this book if you are one of those people who carries a hand sanitizer a...

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    As anyone who has read 1984 can attest, Orwell is among other things a master of disgust, a writer who can describe a squalid apartment building, an aging painted whore or a drunken old man with just the right details to make the reader s nose twitch with displeasure, his stomach rise into the throat with revulsion What makes this book so good is that although he may continually evoke this reaction in his account of the working and the wandering poor Orwell never demeans or dismisses the human beings who live in this repulsive environment The people he describes may be disgusting, but they are often resourceful too, and Orwell makes it clear that it is the economic system itself not the character flaws of particular individuals caught up in the system which is to blame for so much squalor ...

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    It is a feeling of relief, almost of pleasure, at knowing yourself at last genuinely down and out You have talked so often of going to the dogs and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them, and you can stand it It takes off a lot of anxiety In 1927 Eric Arthur Blair A.K.A George Orwell gives up his job as a policeman in Burma and moves back to his lodgings on Portobello Road in London with the intention of being a writer Like with many artists, writers, and those that wished to be one or the other, the siren song of Paris beckoned Orwell In 1928 he moves to The City of Light It was lamplight that strange purplish gleam of the Paris lamps and beyond the river the Eiffel Tower flashed from top to bottom with zigzag skysigns, like enormous snakes of fire His lodgings are robbed by an Italian man a trollop he has brought back to his room for what can be presumed for a carnal dalliance, but one must have a proper story for the parents especially when one is soliciting funds This is really the beginning of a rather abrupt slide into poverty Little did he know this change of circumstances was going to provide him with the material he needed to get published A gagger beggar or street perform...

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    this book isn t going to cause anyone to have the huge revelation that poverty is hard or anything, because duh but it also doesn t piss me off the way morgan spurlock pisses me off, because orwell makes his story come alive and there is so much local color, so many individual life stories in here that this book, despite being horribly depressing, is also full of the resourcefulness of man and the resilience of people that have been left by the wayside it is triumphant, not manipulative.i liked the part when he was down and out in paris better than the part he was down and out in england even though he had a handy exit strategy in england, in the form of someone who was willing to lend him money when he was truly and completely broke, and even though he only had to live the tramp s life for a month in england before his job started, the english parts were just so much dismal, so horrifyingly bleak in paris, poverty is almost a lark the accommodations are better, the homeless are allowed to congregate beneath bridges and these is almost a romantic tinge to being penniless.england is just grim flat out grim big ups to orwell for his details the smells and the disease and the horror of unwashed men being forced into cramped quarters are unfortunately very well rendered and can be quite sickening at times and the conditions of fine parisian restaurants at the time shudder don t read this while you are eating.but this book will make you want to eat, truly the days without...

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    Down and Out in Paris and London, George OrwellDown and Out in Paris and London is the first full length work by the British author George Orwell, published in 1933 It is a memoir in two parts on the theme of poverty in the two cities The first part is an account of living in near destitution in Paris and the experience of casual labour in restaurant kitchens The second part is a trav...

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    ve read the Essay Paris Ve Londra da Be Paras z written by George Orwell It s a biography of his own life and personal experiences After George Orwell s cancellation as officer of the British colonial power, he flew to Paris to work as an English teacher, because he aspired a job as a committed writer Unfortunately his job as an English teacher and writer didn t worked out and consequently he worked as a day labourer, harvester and dishwasher in a luxury restaurant Paris Ve Londra da Be Paras z isn t about political emphasises and has principally an anecdotic character However this b...

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    Orwell demonstrates his social conscience and empathy for the poor, which I think, makes his famous attacks on totalitarianism credible This is also an interesting novel to read for a glimpse into Paris a...

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    Do not read this book while eating I ve been told that this book is semi autobiographical If so, George Orwell had an even interesting life than I d imagined This book was disturbing, insightful and also funny great, great characters, some just plain weird The first half of the book depicts the main character s experiences living in poverty in Paris.Some of the descriptions about the living and working conditions are quite gruesome All those bugs Orwell sheds light on what it must feel like to be poor the ennui etc.I don t think I ll be able to eat at a Parisian restaurant anytime soon because now I m a little paranoid about the cooking conditions.The second half of the book finds the protagonist back in London and we learn about what it means to be a tramp Equally as disgusting descriptions as those in the Paris section, especially the part where several tramps had to use the same bucket of dirty water for cleaning themselves...

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    Orwell s take on destitution was every bit as good as I expected it to be beautifully phrased, meticulous, honest, funny, but also moving, and along with his own vivid experiences of living a hand to mouth existence he blends the testimonies of other refugees and homeless people in Paris and London This book might not have even come about had it not been for a thief who pinched the last of an ailing Orwell s savings from his Paris boarding room in 1929, thus leading him to search for dishwashing work in the kitchens of the French capital Yes Paris was indeed a tough place to find shelter between the wars and even though Orwell eventually found a job at the anonymous Hotel X, a place where dirty roast chickens were served, and chefs spat in soup, he remained without pay for ten days and so was forced to sleep on a bench until he had enough to cover rent Throughout the book, when he did manage to find somewhere to stay, some of the beds even had blocks of wood for pillows The Paris slums are a gathering place for eccentric people people who have fallen into solitary, half mad grooves of life and given ...

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