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This is a life everyone should know about.
23 June 2018
Orwell had lived quite a life. This semi-autobiographical plot takes the readers among the downtrodden with the author taking upon various roles like scullion, tramp in Paris and London. Before starting the book, I expected the book would be too much disturbing to explore the ideas, having touched some of the stranger's reviews about the work. It's surprising the work is as haunting as it is equally comical as it is equally boring and I guess that's what one has to experience being destitute. Besides the anti-authoritarian novels like 1984, Animal Farm, this work sheds more light unto capitalistic-socialistic views and questioning the sanctimonious moral pretense in the society.
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