Monday, October 1, 2012
DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON - George Orwell
This quite uplifting for Orwell. The book is series of tales of a time he was a dishwasher in Paris restaurants and a tramp in London.
I am presuming he endured this as some sort of social experiment rather than of necessity, which appears proven as he always has someone to give him the cash to survive or travel.
We are introduced to the filth and appalling conditions endured by many, some through choice, some through life just being harsh.
How the book was uplifting for me was that many having no other choice just got on with it and did quite amazing things to survive. What was really apparent is that just because there was poverty there was no automatic drift into crime - which seems to contradict much of what today's social engineers would have us believe.
A interesting read from the early 20th century. (1933)