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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio; Audiobook CD edition (Dec 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786161477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786161478
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 14.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #580,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 2 2009
Format: Paperback
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell is an incredible story about poverty. Orwell describes the experiences of being out of work, then of working as a plongeur (a dish washer - one of the lowest jobs imaginable) in Paris, and of becoming a tramp in London. Orwell writes beautifully with humour and describes each of the experiences with great details while maintaining the reader's interest. This novel is about poverty, but if you are looking for a story with a proper plot, then this in not the book for you.

The novel is written in first person, yet the protagonist is never named. This story is thought to include many events from Orwell's life. Orwell's stories are magnificent and are those that I always recall because they can be related to the real world.

The protagonist is an Englishman whose money is one day stolen, and as an English teacher, he is left without work because he no longer has any students. The little money he has left is getting spent too quickly, and each day he has less and less. He contacts the only man he seems to know in Paris, and finds that he is, unfortunately, in the same situation - almost penniless and without work. Work is terribly difficult to find. The lodging houses are uncomfortable to sleep in for the night. How does the Englishman deal with poverty?

It is a sad tale that makes you feel grateful that you have a roof above your head; are not forced to eat bread, margarine, and tea as your only meals; and never have to starve yourself for days at a time if you are ever left penniless. It is shocking to see how far vagabonds traveled just for free tea or food.
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By Ben Montpellier on May 1 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Great book, however this version is HEAVILY edited and censored, which is disappointing because it really takes away from the story. That being said hard to complain since it was under a dollar. I'd love to see the original version on amazon.
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By Patrick Sullivan TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 2 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Orwell experiences first hand, the extremes of poverty. The setting is in both the cities of Paris and London. Orwell has a very keen sense of observation. He notes the smallest of everyday details. Please be warned, that the potential reader is in for some rather foul details. How these people survived such disgusting filth, bugs, and malnutrition, is beyond my comprehension.

Orwell also describes, all the eccentric characters he encounters in London and Paris. There is quite a wide range of people and nationalities, found throughout the novel. He also explains how poverty affects the way an individual thinks. He contrasts the poor persons outlook, with rich and middle class attitudes.

At the ending, Orwell suggests lots of possible solutions. He is not just complaining about poverty, he wants to try and fix the problem.

This book was an outstanding snapshot of poverty in 1930s Europe. Orwell was a very gifted writer. I highly recommend this novel.
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By A Customer on Nov. 23 1997
Format: Audio Cassette
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell is not as good as Animal Farm or 1984 but it is an informative, realistic look at homeless life in Paris and London. The book makes some very good points about how some people's jobs are slave jobs and only exist because the rich want luxury therefore these jobs are not needed. I think this book moves slower than some of his others because it was his first book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua on Jan. 23 2007
Format: Paperback
George Orwell, whose real name is Eric Blair, was born in India in 1903. He served in Burma with the Indian Imperial Police and spent the end of the 1920s - as any self-respecting author would've done - living in Paris . Orwell later fought for the Republicans against Franco in the Spanish Civil War. He became well-known following the publication of "Animal Farm" (a satire on Soviet Russia) and died in 1950, shortly after the publication of "1984".

"Down and Out in Paris and London" was first published in 1933 and is a largely autobiographical account - though there have been a few tweaks here and there. It covers Orwell's times living on the breadline : working as a plongeur in Paris, being caught out by con-artists and life as a tramp on his return to England. The book was originally called "A Scullion's Diary" and - it would appear - focused only on his days in Paris. After it was rejected a few times, Orwell tried his luck with the stories of his life on the streets in and around London added. To be honest, I find it a pity this happened, as the stories set in Paris are much more readable. While some of the characters we meet - Charlie, for example - are far from admirable, Orwell himself doesn't come out of the book entirely unscathed. His occasional foolishness is forgivable, but his apparent snobbery and insincerity can be a bit hard to take. For example, as the book closes, he comments he'd like to know people like Paddy (a fellow tramp he'd met in England) "intimately". However, on the very same page, the news of Paddy's apparent death is met with barely a shrug of the shoulders : "perhaps my informant was mixing him up with someone else". More honestly, it's clear from how he wrote about Paddy that Orwell considered himself better than his 'mate' and - rather than getting to know him intimately - just didn't care.

Recommended with reservations : if you only read two books by George Orwell, make this your third pick.
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