Down and Out in Paris and London (1933)

1984 and Animal Farm obviously stand as Orwell’s most renowned. Down and Out in Paris and London deserves a place on the mantle of must-reads and literary greats. An accurate portrait of Parisian poverty, immigrants, and the restaurant trade reveal a dirty underbelly of near slave proportions. This is followed up by the heartbreaking treatments of vagrants and tramps
barely surviving in England. Orwell’s personal journey and ability to probe the psyche and brutal realism of below-lower class struggles proves shocking and educational. A short read worth re-reading.

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