Down and Out in Paris and London, autobiographical work by George Orwell, published in 1933. Orwell’s first published book, it contains essays in which actual events are recounted in a fictionalized form. [Courtesy of Encyclopedia Britannica online]
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The majority of the group thought it was a book that gave a good social history, especially as set after the great depression, it gave good insight into that time (in both cities) and was very descriptive. Interestingly, it was noted that the area in Paris is now posh cafes. A lot of humor seemed to make the reality more real.
Is 'enjoy' the right word to describe the book? It was an interesting insight, but was it an enjoyable read?
Some felt it was like homework and found it upsetting and hard to read. In saying that, although based in the 20s/30s, still felt it was relevant today. We felt uplifted by conclusions.
Was the author actually quite arrogant as he chose to live that life and could stop at anytime. Also seemed to be in the tone of the book. Seemed implied he went to his aunt in Paris for respite on occasion too, but could a book like this be written in any other way?
Are we better people for having read the book and will it last?
Has society's attitude overall changed?
So lots of food for thought this month. What did you think? Do you agree with our comments? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks to Jan we also have a word for the month - Hecatomb - comes from Greek mythology meaning the gigantic sacrifice
can't say we ... stuff here! don't learn
Next month we'll be discussing 'The peculiar life of a lonely postman' by Denis Theriault and the terrible puns will return as I'll think of something
funny to write, until then...:)