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Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
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Jul 04, 08

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008
Read in July, 2008

(Audio version, read by Patrick Tull)
brilliant stories about time spent with the characters and world of poverty. really crafted images - the miser and his face powder, the spikes, living on two slices and a cup of tea a day, and his time with boris and bozo. very interesting 'afterthoughts' at the end about what the life of a pauper does to a man. rotting from the inside and having no real way of escaping that. also suggesting that workhouses build their own gardens - both to offer work to those that pass through and to provide the people who stay there with a more varied diet. it was interesting to hear, with 'sustainability' being on everyone's tongue these days.

best quote: 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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