Down and Out in Paris and London

George Orwell

Frederick Davidson (Narrator)

05-01-93

6hrs 34min

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Fiction/Literary

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05-01-93

6hrs 34min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Literary

Description

 “Excellent…a model of the realistic approach.” New York Times Book Review

Orwell's own experiences inspire this semi-autobiographical novel about a penniless man living in Paris in the early 1930s. The narrator's poverty brings him into contact with strange incidents and characters, which he manages to chronicle with great sensitivity and graphic power. The latter half of the book takes the English narrator to his home city, London, where the world of poverty is different in externals only.

A socialist who believed that the lower classes were the wellspring of world reform, Orwell actually went to live among them in England and on the continent. His novel draws on his experiences of this world, from the bottom of the echelon in the kitchens of posh French restaurants to the free lodging houses, tramps, and street people of London. In the tales of both cities, we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.

Praise

 “Excellent…a model of the realistic approach.” New York Times Book Review

“The striking thing about Orwell as ‘a witness’ is that, while he experienced fully the sordid realities of his time, he remained miraculously uncontaminated…He retained a rebellious clarity of vision…graphic…and wryly amusing.” Atlantic Monthly

“The most lucid portrait of poverty in the English language…combines good narrative with wit, humor, and honest realism.” Nation

“Genuine, unexaggerated, and intelligent.” New Republic

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Language English
Release Day Apr 30, 1993
Release Date May 1, 1993
Release Date Machine 736214400
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Classics, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Literary Fiction
Author Bio
George Orwell

George Orwell (1903–1950), the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, was an English novelist, essayist, and critic. He was born in India and educated at Eton. After service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living by writing and became notable for his simplicity of style and his journalistic or documentary approach to fiction.

Narrator Bio
Frederick Davidson

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.

Overview

Orwell's own experiences inspire this semi-autobiographical novel about a penniless man living in Paris in the early 1930s. The narrator's poverty brings him into contact with strange incidents and characters, which he manages to chronicle with great sensitivity and graphic power. The latter half of the book takes the English narrator to his home city, London, where the world of poverty is different in externals only.

A socialist who believed that the lower classes were the wellspring of world reform, Orwell actually went to live among them in England and on the continent. His novel draws on his experiences of this world, from the bottom of the echelon in the kitchens of posh French restaurants to the free lodging houses, tramps, and street people of London. In the tales of both cities, we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.

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