down and out in paris and london – a review


My own continual praise of the great George Orwell.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads

Orwell is indisputably one of the greatest authors of the 20th century. His prose is spectacular and very accessible to the average reader. This has allowed him to be both creative and political, always making strong statements and pushing forward his views on both the set social structure and the big issues of his own time. While Down and Out has suffered from becoming reasonably dated, I found that Orwell’s observations were still altogether relevant. The perceptions of others to the poor, the way the poor live, the sense of community and the power of appearance are all things which are still important to consider today.

The autobiographical novel follows Orwell through his time living in poverty in both Paris and London. The reader is brought into this world through Orwell’s colourful and immersive descriptions which make it perfectly enjoyable to read multiple chapters about a young Orwell working in a kitchen. This is the best novel I have read during my Secondary education and it is something that everyone should read at some point in their life. The story rarely drags and it has a purpose above simply to entertain.

Orwell may be a politically minded author but above all else, he is the creator of wonderful and realistic characters. A creator of worlds in which a reader cannot help but be pulled into. Go and read this now, please and thank you.

Orwell is my bae, make him yours too.


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