- Hardcover: 198 pages
- Publisher: Benediction Classics (10 November 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849025940
- ISBN-13: 978-1849025942
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,24,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Down and Out in Paris and London Hardcover – 10 Nov 2010
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In the context of comparing beggars with ordinary working people, he quotes,
Other than 1984, I find this one close to my influencing circle. These days, I find people more Darwinistic in terms of discussing the poverty with the moral pretense of survival. With a little more compassion and common sense, people could find this work enlightening, comforting, mending up their wounds. I couldn't compare Orwell with any other influencers in that regard.
Other than most of his novels, I feel more attached to the lively characters who got along with the author on the journey. Some of my favorite quotes from some of the destitute people out there living inside the book.
"Nothing is easier than getting money, mon' ami" - Boris
"The only way to get money from writing is to marry a publisher's daughter, mon' ami" - Boris
“He might be ragged and cold or even starving, but so long as he could read, think and watch for meteors, he was free in his own mind.” - Bozo
“If you’ve got any education, it don’t matter to you if you’re on the road for the rest of your life... If you set yourself to it, you can live the same life, rich or poor. You can still keep on with your books and your ideas. You just got to say to yourself, 'I’m a free man in here', and you’re all right.” - Bozo
I would recommend this book to everyone here in my friend circle who believe : everyone in west is born rich and privileged , which is so untrue !
Nobody has written in such detail and with such writerly style on the marginalised men of this world. An eye opener and a masterpiece.