A Quick Review: Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Hi everyone,

Today I thought I would write a quick and snappy review of a book that I absolutely loved; Down and Out in Paris and London. This is my third book by George Orwell that I have read. I have loved all the books I have read of his immensely with 1984 even making it to the list of my top favourite books of all time!

Down and Out in Paris and London is quite different from the other books of his I have read. It is a a personal account of his experiences living “down and out” in both Paris and London. George Orwell lived through several years of poverty, two of which were spent in Paris and the rest in London. I found his account of poverty to be beautifully, but shockingly, honest; he doesn’t hold back on any of the nitty-gritty details of the disgusting buildings he lived in or the feelings of starvation. I gave this book 5 stars for George Orwell’s eloquence in describing his experiences. The account is not about his fall from grace or his transformation from rags to riches. The book is focused. Despite writing a book focusing on such a political issue as poverty, Down and Out in Paris and London could be easily understood for all; there are no -isms and the language used is comprehensive to get his point across.

Down and Out in Paris nd London is an exploration of the social and personal issues surrounding homelessness, something that is, unfortunately, still so prevalent today. Despite this book being published in 1933, the issues and themes are still prevalent in today’s society. I think Down and Out in Paris and London is a book that everyone should (and can) read and learn from.

“It is a feeling of relief, almost of pleasure, at knowing yourself at last genuinely down and out. You have talked so often of going to the dogs – and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them, and you can stand it. It takes off a lot of anxiety.”

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