I am about to finish Down and Out in Paris and London. I only have a few pages left (and I know it took so much more time than it should have had, since the book is quite short). I blogged about it here. George Orwell amazes me, because, as Christopher Hitchens said, he spoke the truth. Not merely because he was sincere, but because he was so darn accurate about life. I have decided to add here some quoted from the book, that stuck to my mind. Orwell, indeed, spoke the truth:
"I am glad that this happened, for it destroyed one of my illusions, namely, that Frenchmen knew good food when they see it."
"I think that one should start by saying that a plongeur is one of the slaves of the modern world."
"The mass of the rich and the poor are differentiated by their incomes and nothing else, and the average millionaire is only the average dishwasher dressed in a new suit."
"A beggar, looked at realistically, is simply a businessman, getting his living, like other business men, in the way that comes to hand. He has not, more than most modern people, sold his honour; he has merely made the mistake of choosing a trade at which it is impossible to grow rich."
"It is curious how people take it for granted that they have a right to preach at you and pray over you as soon as your income falls below a certain level."
There would be more to quote. His observations on religious charities and church people are brilliantly corrosive without ever going in the territory of unfair hostility. So yes, I will not stress it enough, read it.
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