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am 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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am 29. November 2016
Nach mein Katalonien, Animal Farm und 1984 wollte ich mal "unpolitische" Werke von Orwell lesen. Man merkt ihm die Unerfahrenheit an. Das macht aber auch teilweise den Reiz aus - es wirkt sehr ungekünstelt. Leseswert wenn man an den schriftstellerischen Ursprüngen des Autors interessiert ist. Auch die Beschreibungen der Armut in Paris und London sind stellenweise sehr interessant aber zu sehr in die Länge gezogen.
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am 28. November 2016
This book takes you on a journey and helps you see the world from a completely new perspective.

The first part of the book takes deep into old Paris as moneyless plongeur at a bad hotel.

The second part takes you through London as a homeless person, figuring out where to sleep and how to find some food.

Both topics didn't really interest me before but Orwell depicts them so well that it is utterly enriching to accompany him on his journeys.
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am 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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am 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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am 19. Januar 2000
The best part of this book is the first half- the down-n-out in Paris half. Orwell creates an amazing window into Paris of this time. The immigrant neighborhoods, the jobs, the swindlers, all excellent material. The last half, homeless in England, is far less optimistic in tone, but is powerful reading. You may not agree with his conclusions, but the descriptions of these experiences are clear and perceptive
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am 24. August 2013
Im Stile eines Berichts schreibt Orwell über seine Erlebnisse als Tellerwäscher und Landstreicher in Paris und London – über ein Leben am Rande der Armut. Das Werk gilt nicht als Orwells Meisterwerk ist aber dennoch lesenswert und zu empfehlen. Nicht nur für Orwell Bewunderer, sondern auch für interessierte Leser, die mehr über das Leben in Armut erfahren wollen.
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am 2. Dezember 2012
I much appreciate and enjoy George Orwell's writings because his style is very straightforward and he takes strong and clear positions, exactly as he describes in his short piece on "Why I write"! I found especially enjoyable the description of how hotels in Paris work and what their drivers are, but also his perspectives and fundamental thoughts on the poor and the tramp in England.
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am 23. Juni 1999
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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am 21. Februar 1998
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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