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George Orwell

Down and Out in Paris and London: Memoirs



'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.'
In 1928 the young George Orwell arrived in Paris, a city known as a thriving art scene and home to some of literature's most esteemed figures. It was not long before the money ran out, and Orwell, now destitute, was forced to take on the menial work of a dishwasher to survive.
Drawing on Orwell's own experiences, Down and Out in Paris and London lays bare the realities of life amongst the poorest members of society and reveals a hidden world of drudgery, squalor, and anxiety. This insightful memoir brings home the evils of poverty and reminds us that before we judge those less fortunate than ourselves, we first should live as they do.
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    Frenchegirlje podelio/la utisakпре 10 месеци

    The first part of the book(about Paris) is vivid and funny sometimes. It's full of energy and hope. On the contrary, the second part seems to be difficult to read because of its melancholy and despair. Sometimes it looks like the book has been written by two different authors but, after all, it's worth reading as it gives a lot of historical facts and people life stories connected with the first three decades of the 20th century.

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    Lemanje citiraoпре 5 година
    The question is, why does this slavery continue?
    People have a way of taking it for granted that all work
    is done for a sound purpose. They see somebody else
    doing a disagreeable job, and think that they have
    solved things by saying that the job is necessary. Coal-
    mining, for example, is hard work, but it is necessary-we
    must have coal. Working in the sewers is unpleasant,
    but somebody must work in the sewers. And similarly
    with a
    plongeur's work. Some people must feed in
    restaurants, and so other people must swab dishes for
    eighty hours a week. It is the work of civilisation,
    therefore unquestionable. This point is worth
    considering.
    МИХАИЛje citiraoпре 3 месеца
    Never worry, mon ami. Nothing is easier to get than money.’
    bblbrxje citiralaпре 2 године
    A rich man who happens to be intellectually honest, if he is questioned about the improvement of working conditions, usually says something like this:

    ‘We know that poverty is unpleasant; in fact, since it is so remote, we rather enjoy harrowing ourselves with the thought of its unpleasantness. But don’t expect us to do anything about it. We are sorry for you lower classes, just as we are sorry for a cat with the mange, but we will fight like devils against any improvement of your condition. We feel that you are much safer as you are. The present state of affairs suits us, and we are not going to take the risk of setting you free, even by an extra hour a day. So, dear brothers, since evidently you must sweat to pay for our trips to Italy, sweat and be damned to you.’

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