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Down and Out in Paris and London

Down and Out in Paris and London

Author(s): George Orwell

Location(s): London, Paris

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 1920s



You have talked so often of going to the dogs – and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them.’ George Orwell’s vivid memoir of his time among the desperately poor and destitute in London and Paris is a moving tour of the underworld of society. Here he painstakingly documents a world of unrelenting drudgery and squalor – sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses, working as a dishwasher in the vile ‘Hôtel X’, living alongside tramps, surviving on scraps and cigarette butts – in an unforgettable account of what being down and out is really like.

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Plenty of gritty realism in Orwells’ description of destitution in both capitals.

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