Down and Out in Paris and London

Down and Out in Paris and London

by George Orwell

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Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

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. The Parisian episode is fascinating for its expose of the kitchens of posh French restaurants, where the narrator works at the bottom of the culinary echelon as dishwasher, or plongeur. In London, while waiting for a job, he experiences the world of tramps, street people, and free lodging houses. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.

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ISBN-13: 9781722052621
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/29/2018
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author




GEORGE ORWELL (1903–1950) was born in India and served with the Imperial Police in Burma before joining the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell was the author of six novels as well as numerous essays and nonfiction works.

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Down and out in Paris and London 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main point of this book really isn't to entertain you with a story that is happy and ends with all the loose ends tied up in a pretty little package. Orwell attempted to show the true side of poverty, and clear up many of the general public's misconceptions regarding poverty. Just as he did in 1984 and Animal Farm, Orwell wrote a very thought-provoking, powerful story that has the power to alter your perceptions of the issues presented.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading Orwell in both fiction and non-fiction is a treat and torture. You aren't going to be happy but you will be entertained and informed. The bare honesty of this book ranks it among the best in describing the attitude of society toward the destitute and vice-versa. Being written in such a far removed time does not make this book irrelavent, it shows an underlying unchanging constant in western society that is as alive today as it was when the book was written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will not find a more honest, more realistic, or better storyteller than George Orwell. The book is told through a character who is a writer(Orwell) who explains the life of a plongeur in Paris as well as a tramp in London. The book provides vivid description with astonishingly real storytelling. Anyone who wants a quick, intelligent read then choose this book. The best part of the book is the insight that Orwell provides on society's view on poverty and the homeless' view on poverty. The characters that he meets in his journey will entertain you and haunt you as well. A truly honest, intelligent book and author!
justinetruant More than 1 year ago
Possibly one of the most underrated novels I have ever read. Orwell's writing is, as with most of his essays and novels, simple and understated. He provides nothing more or less than an account of his experiences with poverty and how that period in his life shaped his worldview. What I love most about Orwell is that he was, believe it or not, the perfect "everyman;" Down and Out gives us no stunning or beautiful revelations, but allows us to live as he did for a couple hundred pages. The details of the restaurant culture in Paris are fascinating, and Orwell's gradual acceptance of destitution through the novel is enlightening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the book itself is a great read, this electronic version is full of typos. Most look like they're due to a poor job of scanning the print version and getting a lot of mis-reads; i.e. "mc" for "me", etc. Also, this is the censored Harcourt edition, full of "---" as substitutions for censored words. This would be forgivable in a free or low $ edition, but for $10 I'd expect a little more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a semi-autobiographical book highlighting a poor man's life in the backstreets of Paris and London. It's about hunger, poverty, dignity, humanity and the contempt that the better off have for the poor. Orwell does an excellent job at making the reader feel horror at the conditions and quality of life and at the same time humanizing the people living the life - making the reader connect with the nameless, seemingly disposable vagrants. The books is full of rich imagery and anyone reading the book will immediately feel transported to the poor slums of Paris and London.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Down and Out in Paris and London, readers travel with Orwell as he journeys through poverty¿s highs and lows. I especially loved Orwell¿s descriptions of the different characters the narrator meets, which all are influential to his life in some way or another. They, who have experienced the best and worst of poverty, help ease the narrator in his journey through the lower class. Orwell uses his gift of words, twisting and turning them in a way that both appeals to authors and conveys his ideals about poverty. At points, though, it seems as if he is beating a dead horse with the many descriptions of similar lodgings he attends, however altogether the book was enthralling and enlightening about the impoverished lifestyle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Down and Out in Paris and London is an eye-opening book about the life of a man who lives a life of poverty. He is an Englishman who is down on his luck in a Paris slum. He works as a low servant, or plongeur, in several Paris restaurants. He only makes enough money for a cheap room, a bread diet, and several francs in drinks a week. In comparison to the standards of many poor people in the slums of Paris, he is well off. After several weeks of a horrific schedule of working, he decides to leave Paris and enter London. He expects to find a better life in his home country, but he quickly finds out otherwise. He ends up with no money and no job. He enters the life of a English tramp, and wanders the country in search of spikes where he can spend the night in cells, as sleeping on the streets is forbidden by law. He reminisces back to his times in Paris and how well off he was in comparison to his life in England. He is taken aback by the quantity of tramps England held and the system to keep them moving without any control over where they were headed. Orwell also goes on about the degree of separation between the poor, the rich, and the tramps. He argues that there is not much difference between a man and a tramp, but the society and stereotypes have created two different men out of one man, and it all depends on the clothes he wears. If a man is wearing a business suit, he is sure to be eyed by women and respected by the businessmen he meets. If the next day the same man were to wear a filthy tramp coat, he is immediately ignored by women and businessmen and introduced to an entirely new world. Other arguments Orwell makes in this piece are the many points of view that can be taken for each situation. For example, when the main character in the story is in Paris, he believes that the conditions could not get any worse. When he arrives in London, he is quick to realize that his life was not as bad as it had become in his home country. I enjoyed the honesty and the brutal truth about the culinary establishments in Paris. It was entertaining to read on about the true conditions of the lower class and what the life of one of those lowerclassmen contained on a daily basis. It has some heartwarming appeals to pathos when even the dirt poor people are able to use their money on things that are needed by character instead of by their stomach. It sheds a better light on the lower class, and the book as a whole gives you a greater understanding for the hardships of the tramps and beggars all over the world. It shows that it is nearly impossible to escape the endless cycle of false charity and endless labor intensive job searching. From the second that I picked up this book, it was nearly impossible to put it down, and sleep usually came over me before I could take my eyes off of its pages. It is a well written piece of literature that will open your eyes to the reality of poverty. It is a heartwarming tale of beggars who feel pride in simple sidewalk drawings and expensive weekly shavings. It is a story of overcoming insurmountable obstacles. I highly suggest reading this book and it is packed full of arguments that will make you rethink the stereotypes set about a city slum. It is a place of people who have been defeated by the system, and not people who have caused their solemn fate. Orwell will keep you entertained throughout each page, and it is a book that is worth reading. Its contents are truthful, and it may open your eyes to the truths about poverty and false luxury that will cause some serious thinking at points inside the novel. It will make you rethink the heart of a slum, from a place filled with people who cause trouble to a place of broken people who have no other choice but to try and sustain themselves in the only environment possible. It will make you aware of the most feared sections of cities around the world. The people living there are people who persist with conditions and funds unimaginably ba
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Read! In traditional Orwellian style, this book flows; the writing style is such that reading the book is effortless. The anecdotes are entertaining and keep you reading for more. I could have done without some of the longer expostulations into the evils of urban poverty, but it wouldn't have been Orwell without them. This book is heartily recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book exposes mankinds fear of ending up peniless in the doghouse, by actually taking us there and showing us the real truth behind the slums and bums in two of the worlds favourite capitals. An excellent book which reads as if Orwell himself is sat there reciting the tale himself
Guest More than 1 year ago
Orwell truly has a way with words, and he creates a page-turner here. The 'seemy' side of Paris and London are revealed to a writer with an uncanny eye for detail, and a skilled hand with which to write it down. Read it as journalism or just read it for fun. You can't go wrong with this one. [Almost as good as his Homage to Catalonia; better than many of his other works.]
WorldReader1111 More than 1 year ago
This was a surprisingly rich read, for me. The book is, first, well written and easy to read, with a straightforward, intelligent narrative that fits the quasi-fictional material. It doesn't come off as dated, or with obsolete language, either; even Mr. Orwell's sly wit remains intact for the modern reader. That said, this is not your typical work of fiction, neither in nature nor in style, for much of the text is dictated in an explanatory, lecturing manner, with the narrator's story taking a backseat to the none-too-subtle accounts of the author's real-world experiences. But, know how to read it, and the book is rich and enjoyable, all the same. As for content, 'Down' has much going for it, however irregular its presentation. The overt, literary story is satisfying enough (if a bit perfunctory and one-dimensional), but the real substance lies in the book's value as a human study. Through its depictions of various "down and out" niches of early-20th-century urban life, the book explores a broad expanse of the human experience, from keen sociological- and psychological observations, to trademark Orwellian metaphysical musings, to a biographical diorama of timelessly unique individuals, all posed in the gentle tones of quasi-fiction (and with no small amount of humor, too). If nothing else, the text stands as an excellent, informed inquiry into the very phenomenon of vagrancy and its motives, as seen through the prism of two cities in the grip of post-Victorian residue. In short, there is much true, practical knowledge to be found here, even if its anecdotal nature falls short of academic standards (or, perhaps _because_ of this very fact; subjective viewpoint can be the difference between actual wisdom and mere data, as it were). My sincere, posthumous thanks goes out to this book's author and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work and service. * * * Some notable quotes from 'Down and Out in Paris and London': "The Paris slums are a gathering-place for eccentric people -- people who have fallen into solitary, half-mad grooves of life and given up trying to be normal or decent. Poverty frees them from ordinary standards of behaviour, just as money frees people from work." -- p.7 "And there is another feeling that is a great consolation in poverty. [...] It is a feeling of relief, almost 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." -- p.20-21 "Roughly speaking, the more one pays for food, the more sweat and spittle one is obliged to eat with it. [...] The hotel employee is too busy getting food ready to remember that it is meant to be eaten." -- p.80 "Work in the hotel taught me the true value of sleep, just as being hungry had taught me the true value of food. Sleep had ceased to be a mere physical necessity; it was something voluptuous, a debauch more than a relief." -- p.92 "'It seems to me that when you take a man's money away he's fit for nothing from that moment.' 'No, not necessarily. [...] You just got to say to yourself, "I'm a free man in _here_"' -- he tapped his forehead -- 'and you're all right.'" -- p.165 "It is curious how people take it for granted that they have a right to preach at you and pray over you as soon as your income falls below a certain level." -- p.181
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I originally read this book for class, but I fell in love with it. So many times we fall for our made up images of certain things or people when really we should be looking at the innermost workings and problems. Destitute men have reasons, just as pretty hotels and restaurants have nasty secrets to hide.
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George Orwell makes the life of a disenfranchised man and his daily struggles come alive ! Really eye opening into a different world.This book deals with issues still existing today, except that todays prejudice falls to people using social services. As usual, he is on point, leaving no room for doubt.
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