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5.0 von 5 Sternen Elendstourismus in Europa
"Down and Out in Paris and London" ist eine Sozial-Dokumentation von George Orwell, der autobiographisch über eine Periode seines Lebens schrieb, in der er unter prekären finanziellen Umständen in Paris und London und Umgebung lebte. In Paris fand Orwell, nachdem er eine Weile so abgebrannt war, dass er sogar immer wieder tagelang nichts zu essen kaufen...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Heart-filled Drama
George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London is a very down to earth novel. It's about a man who describes his struggles with poverty and injustice. His life makes us think about how lucky we are to have homes and food, etc. His feelings are so open and depressing. He will put up with anything and anybody just to get some money for some food and a bed to sleep in...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Elendstourismus in Europa, 16. Juni 2011
"Down and Out in Paris and London" ist eine Sozial-Dokumentation von George Orwell, der autobiographisch über eine Periode seines Lebens schrieb, in der er unter prekären finanziellen Umständen in Paris und London und Umgebung lebte. In Paris fand Orwell, nachdem er eine Weile so abgebrannt war, dass er sogar immer wieder tagelang nichts zu essen kaufen konnte, durch Hilfe eines russischen Freundes eine schlecht bezahlte Stelle als Hilfskraft in einem Hotel. Ungeheuer lebendig und interessant sind Orwells Schildungen der Arbeit und Hierarchie hinter den trügerischen Kulissen eines Nobelhotels sowie seiner späteren Tätigkeit als Mitarbeiter in einer Restaurant-Küche, wo unvorstellbare hygienische Missstände herrschten, die in der damaligen Zeit anscheinend in Paris sehr weit verbreitet waren. Man denkt, es könnte kaum schlimmer kommen, aber dann reiste Orwell nach London, wo er die dortigen sozialen Zustände aus der Sicht des Landstreichers beschrieb, zu dem er zeitweise wurde. Er lebte unter Obdachlosen, Landstreichern und Bettlern (Betteln war in England damals offiziell bei Gefängnisstrafe verboten, um die Kleinigkeit des Überlebens für die verarmten Menschen noch etwas herausfordernder zu machen!) und beschreibt die trostlosen Zustände in verschiedenen gefängnisartigen "spikes" (Übernachtungseinrichtungen für Arme), Obdachlosenheimen, Heilsarmee-Unterkünften, kirchlichen Hilfseinrichtungen und Arbeitshäusern. Trotz aller Sozialkritik ist das Ganze so gut beobachtet und ohne Bitterkeit sehr spannend beschrieben, dass einem dieses Buch aus dem Jahr 1933 auch heute noch in seinen Bann zieht. Ein beeindruckender und teilweise sehr beklemmender Dokumentarbericht über erniedrigende Armut im 20. Jahrhundert und Menschen am Rande des Abgrunds, den der Autor des bekannteren Romans "Nineteen-eightyfour" der Welt hinterlassen hat. Das Buch sollte meiner Meinung nach zur Pflicht-Lektüre in höheren Schulen gehören, denn es ist einerseits in leicht verständlichem Englisch geschrieben, andererseits schärft es den Blick des Lesers für soziale Ungerechtigkeiten und Menschen, denen es nicht so gut geht wie ihm selbst.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Background to the writer and the age, 24. April 2000
What happens when you are living in a foreign city and your money runs out? It seems obvious that George Orwell the writer and George Orwell the down-and-out are two different people. After all, one had considerably more resources than the other, including a somewhat wider knowledge of society than your average clochard. However, regardless of whether it was for the sake of a writer's experience, George Orwell did survive the gruelling experience of working near the bottom of the Parisian hotel/restaurant trade as a plongeur. Most of us would have caught the first train home with funds stolen or otherwise procured in a jiffy.
Naturally, working down in the airless depths of a hotel meant meeting many odd bods that were otherwise out of Orwell's orbit and this is part of the delight of this excursion into the subterranean world of the servant classes. The book was written in the 30s, at a time when European society was about to undergo the transformations caused by its second bloodletting in three decades. Orwell takes us back to a period when men sweated freely at their work, in almost impossible conditions, and considered themselves to be among those who were better off! It makes one wonder today that road gangs (the workers were called "navvies" in Britain) used to do all the work by hand, which is now done by enormous machines with a little group of workers standing around looking, waiting to tidy up. Backbreaking work is a thing of the past for most of us, but it lingers on in the memory of our grandfathers and comes to life in Orwell's fine text about a forgotten lifestyle of yesteryear.
His further excursion into the shelters for the homeless in England is also of interest. There was a way of life, of people always on the move, occasionally finding seasonal work, (represented by the hobo in America and the swaggy in Australia), which was well known to many people but was, even then, coming to an end. Interesting portraits of an age from a writer who led a far from sheltered life himself.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Powerful and Insightful, 23. Juni 1999
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An incredibly (sometimes almost unbearably) vivid account of Orwell's life among the poorest people in Europe. It examines lowest-rung working class in Paris, and the conditions faced by the homeless in France and England in the early 1930's.
Orwell's descriptive gifts are breathtaking, so that I often felt I was right at his side in the abysmal hotel kitchen where he slaved, or the squalid, unlit "shelter" where he was confined as a derelict. A great eye-opener about the hidden side of life in those days, and written without any sentimentality or condescension. Orwell sees through the cant and sanctimony of the middle class, the clergy, and supposed Socialist reformers.
One thing that bothered me was some bigotry (for instance, against Jews), which came as a surprise, given Orwell's reputation for tolerance. There also was some of the British jingoism that was so distasteful in his essays about India. And I was disappointed that the plight of impoverished women was largely ignored. Such a focus would've made the men's lives look like a picnic.
All in all, however, a moving and enlightening read, even sixty-five years down the line.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Eye Opener., 21. Februar 1998
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Orwell's account of life in the lower side of modern society probed me into first-hand experience at the living of people I wouldnt have raised a finger of thought for before.The way he relates their way of living is convincing.And he has been able to capture their gestures,movements & thoughts in a fine way as strong enough to support his statements on behalf of their plight.His insights into them are methodically accurate.Although I dont agree with a few of his arguments,I am equally convinced in his beliefs concerning attitudes towards these people & what could be done for them to a certain degree.The prose comes in a clear,narrative tone like a good lecturer,with faint tinges of humor to raise it up to a comparatively good whole.The downside of the book comes at moments when he mixes statistics & journalistic inquiries in bet. narratives.I believe it would have been better if he would have placed them in an afterword,or a separate essay.It imbalances the flow of the story.All in all,a pleasant & slightly disturbing read which would make you change your outlook on poverty & the people who inhabit it forever.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen What You -Really- Need of Life to -Really- Live It Well., 8. März 1999
I just returned from a 4 star hotel visit to London and Paris and found this book to really open my eyes to what life outside of luxury is like. It really makes you think about what you really need to survive and live happily. Orwell demonstrates that life is richly satisfying with or without money and that, as his character Paddy shows, every man can be down and out and still be an intellectual seeker.
Also enjoyable are the many debates Orwell poses about the futility of most working class jobs and the questionable political principles surrounding the operation of "poor-houses" in major cities.
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who wants the chance to think about what one really needs in life in order to truly LIVE. Marvelous.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent insight into poverty, 12. Oktober 1997
Von Ein Kunde
In this autobiographical book, Orwell recounts his experiences in the slums of Paris and London. By far the Paris chapters are the best, taking an in-depth look into the life of a plongeur and his significance in the mainstream of society. The London chapters tend to focus on tramps in England, providing a relatively accurate description of poverty at the time. Although the writing is half-decent most of the time, Orwell still accomplishes his purpose: to tell the world about those who are down and out. This book may not be one of Orwell's best works, but definitely a favourite.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The roots of 1984, 27. Juni 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Orwell's account of the destitute life clearly reveals both his origins as a socialist and his concise, clear writing style.

In one particular chapter, he limits himself to strictly the narrative form and then in the last paragraph of two sentences, he lets loose his political analysis of the social structure with unparalleled clarity and power. I learned a few obvious truths from this book. I particularly recommend it to those on the right who have adopted Orwell as a champion of the anti-socialist cause, having read only 1984. It may open their eyes. Highly recommended
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Book Worth Buying, 25. Februar 1999
In many ways, this is a worthwhile book. It is refreshing to read about the personal narratives of one of the greatest authors of the 1900s. Down and Out In Paris and London is different than many of the books I've read. Orwell is able to make the reader slightly understand the ordeals of poverty and the underclass. The great thing about the book is he does this in his own witty style. This book is recommended to anyone who enjoys good storytelling. In addition, the reader learns interesting information about the inner-workings of two fascinating cities.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Heart-filled Drama, 15. Juni 1998
George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London is a very down to earth novel. It's about a man who describes his struggles with poverty and injustice. His life makes us think about how lucky we are to have homes and food, etc. His feelings are so open and depressing. He will put up with anything and anybody just to get some money for some food and a bed to sleep in. This novel is brilliantly written through the eyes of a poor man. It makes you think differently about yourself. It's an excellent book that is written with so much simple force.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A brilliant account of a poverty, and its effects., 30. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
This little known book is an overlooked masterpiece. The nuances and truths about Orwell's experiences in poverty could only be written through eyes of experience, not theory. The book literally takes you into the back door of hotel kitchens and skidrow hotels at a time when sanitation was not as regulated. Tales of fourteen hour days being 'short shifts' make you realize how far we have come as a people. Important for anyone concerned, comtemplative or living below our excessive norm.
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