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Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
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Jun 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in June, 2012

A simple and direct account of Orwell's first hand experiences of poverty and homelessness, albeit for only a short period. I liked the balance between the narrow focus, honing in on the details of the daily struggle to keep body and soul together, and the occasional steps back to provide a wider view of how society perceives and treats the homeless. Obviously some of it is a little dated now, both in terms of the nature of homelessness and how it is dealt with, but surely the psychological aspects remain pretty much timeless.
And you'll never think about Parisian restaurants in the same way again.
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