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Down and out in Paris and London ([New ed.])

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George Orwell's vivid memoir of his time living among the desperately poor and destitute, Down and Out in Paris and London is a moving tour of the underworld of society. 'You have talked so often of going to the dogs - and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them.' Written when Orwell was a struggling writer in his twenties, it documents his 'first contact with poverty'.

Here, he painstakingly documents a world of unrelenting drudgery and squalor - sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses of last resort, working as a dishwasher in Paris's vile 'Hôtel X', surviving on scraps and cigarette butts, living alongside tramps, a star-gazing pavement artist and a starving Russian ex-army captain.

Exposing a shocking, previously-hidden world to his readers, Orwell gave a human face to the statistics of poverty for the first time - and in doing so, found his voice as a writer.

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Penguin Classics
0141184388 / 9780141184388
Paperback
27/09/2001
United Kingdom
English
xviii, 215p.
20 cm
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Quiz No: 213198, Points 11.00, Book Level 7.00,
Upper Years - Key Stage 3 Learn More
Reprint. This ed. originally published: 1989.