Down and out in paris and london book review
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Down and Out in Paris and London is an extraordinary and curious book: beautifully phrased, meticulous, honest and funny. Orwell is a renowned progressive thinker, yet his good intentions occasionally mask questionable practises. Yet this is a book that has inspired countless people to try to understand the personal and political issues at the heart of homelessness — and continues to do so today. After reading the book as a young man, my own father was moved to sleep in a shop doorway on the streets of Exeter and was horrified by what he experienced. He carried this sense of injustice through his working life, even creating a scheme connecting companies with charities to establish temporary shelters in disused office buildings. I was delighted to discover that the book still burns brightly with the sense of unfairness and the desire to create change that so inspired my father.
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Down and Out in Paris and London is the first full-length work by the English author George Orwell , published in 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 mass of the rich and the poor are differentiated by their incomes and nothing else, and the average millionaire is only the average dishwasher dressed in a new suit. Change places, and handy dandy, which is the justice, which is the thief? Everyone who has mixed on equal terms with the poor knows this quite well. Yet, in this book about his own experience living in extreme poverty over the course of more than three months in late and early , Orwell makes again and again the strikingly obvious point: that the poor are human beings, just like the rest of us. For instance, writing about his time among tramps and beggars in London and its environs, Orwell notes:. It is worth saying something about the social position of beggars, for when one has consorted with them, and found that they are ordinary human beings, one cannot help being struck by the curious attitude that society takes toward them. They are a race apart — outcasts, like criminals and prostitutes.