Monday, 14 April 2014

DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON - George Orwell, 1933


This is the most entertaining book about deprivation that I have ever read.
Orwell relates with wry humour how he manages to survive below the poverty line. I’m sure it was much worse than he remembers it. We don’t read anything about the pain of going for days without food. But we do enjoy arguments between barmen, filth in hotel kitchens and bugs in bedrooms.

I didn’t find this as clever or intense as much of Orwell’s other work but, page after page, it delivered amusing anecdotes which made me want
to read on until the end.

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