Down and Out in Paris and London

  • by George Orwell
  • Narrated by Jeremy Northam
  • 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An autobiographical study, Down and Out in Paris and London follows Orwell as he tramps around both Paris and London. Pawning his belongings to buy food, unemployment, drinking heavily and jostling for a place in homeless hostels are but a few of the experiences related with candour and insight in this unabridged exclusive audiobook. Orwell was arguably one of the first 'gonzo' journalists.
In this unabridged, enlightening and often shocking expose of life on the streets of two of Europe's most romanticised and celebrated cities, Orwell describes in detail the day-to-day life of a 'down-and-out', which involves hunger, filth, derision and often prejudice and violence. Alcohol is also a staple distraction on both sides of the channel for the destitute, and Orwell's comments on issues such as the emasculation of a man when he becomes a tramp (women see him as 'less than' a man and will not interact with him) are truly fascinating.


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Deep insight

I was surprised at how deep an insight in to the mind of a person experiencing poverty this provided. I think this is a must read for anyone with preconceptions about homelessness and fascinating for anyone who considers themselves in tune with the social problems affecting many people in their home town's.
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- Fraser Kingscott


I've been meaning to read this for years, saw the audio book and really enjoyed both the clarity of the writing and the excellent performance.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-01-2010
  • Publisher: CSA Word