Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Six months ago I decided it was beyond ridiculous that I didn't read enough,
so I took on a challenge.
Now, 24 weeks later, I've read just over 27 books.
'Down and Out in Paris and London' is hands down one of the best I've read in a long time.
I am an Orwellian virgin.
Never have I lifted the cover of 'Animal Farm' or perused the pages of '1984', so it's been an absolute pleasure to be introduced to the absolute genius that is George Orwell in one of his most compelling and honest novels.
Semi-autobiographical, it's with a relatively relaxed optimism that George Orwell accounts his life through the twenties.
Roaming through the impoverished Parisian streets, you're thrown in unarmed to bug-ridden bedrooms fit for no more than one despite the six vagrants he usually shares with. 
It's poignant and still incredibly pertinent to the 21st Century, giving an untainted buoyancy despite living very much below the poverty line, Orwell seizes every working opportunity no matter how mundane and every friend no matter how filthy- a rose-coloured introspection on the world he lives in which is often lost in our modern one. It's this insight that helps merge him between being a spectator and participant of the down-and-out ventures as a part-time tramp, constantly pulling you between empathy for his penniless perils and applause for his optimistic omniscience on getting the most from his life despite the minute monetary worth it holds.


  1. you'd enjoy Just Kids by Patti Smith. It's my all time favourite. There's something about this book, it captures hope. Have a lovely day, Bea. xx

  2. I would recomend "One Hundred years Of Soltitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It is a very popular book here in South America, it is a classic, you'll love it.
    P.S it also comes in english so don't worry.

  3. my favorite book has to be either The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

    1. I can just agree on Perks of being a wallflower because it has to be my favourite book. It just leaves me feeling happy, I really like the writing style and the characters!
      Lovely blog post as always btw ;)

  4. I just finished reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck, it was definitely a good read and I would highly recommend it!

    I may pick up Down and Out in Paris and London the next time I'm in a book store :)


  5. I would highly recommend reading "1984". It is truly eye-opening, subtle, extremely well-written while being still very up-to-date. I'd easily say this is a must-read. So far I'd say this is my favourite book.

    Also, if you like Orwell's writing style you should also read "Animal farm", it is just incredibly
    clever. It really shows Orwelll's brillance!

    You have to read them, I'm sure you'll absolutely love them! :)

  6. Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton, I assume, dunno', never read it. ��

  7. You've probably already read them because they're classics but I love To Kill A Mockingbird and Anna Karenina.

  8. Such a lovely post! I recently wrote about my favourite books also: , it would mean a lot if you checked it out, I love your writing :)
    - F ^-^

  9. I´ve read Down & Out as well, it´s quite extraordinary. My favorite book is 'Into the Wild' by Jon Krakauer. It´s nor for everybody, but I love based-on-a-true-story-books and the wild is just fascinating me.
    Give it a go x

  10. You seriously do need to read 1984 by George Orwell. I haven't read Down and Out, but i have read Animal Farm, and i have to say i have never enjoyed a book as much as i enjoyed 1984, especially after getting to know a little bit about the historical timeframe within which it was written. Do read it, 1984 will not disappoint.

  11. I have to say, I love the way you've written that book review! I recently read 1984 myself but I guess it must be even more poignant knowing that it's not a dystopia or satirical like Animal Farm, I shall have to read it at some point! Thank you for sharing! :) x

  12. I read this book a couple of years ago, and like you loved it! 1984 still remains one of my absolute favourite books though - I cannot recommend it enough. It's relatively easy to read, but it will stay with you for a very long time I promise! Thanks for the fab review x

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