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The Road to Wigan Pier - by George Orwell (Paperback)

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Highlights

  • Before he authored the dystopian 1984 and the allegorical Animal Farm, George Orwell was a journalist, reporting on England's working class -- an investigation that led him to examine democratic socialism.
  • Author(s): George Orwell
  • 256 Pages
  • History, Europe

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A journalistic investigation into England's working class poverty and a critique of democratic socialism in the 1930s from the author of 1984 and Animal Farm.



Book Synopsis



Before he authored the dystopian 1984 and the allegorical Animal Farm, George Orwell was a journalist, reporting on England's working class -- an investigation that led him to examine democratic socialism. In the 1930s, the Left Book Club, a socialist group in England, sent George Orwell to investigate the poverty and mass unemployment in the industrial north of England. Once there, he went beyond the requests of the book club, to investigate the employed as well. Orwell chose to live as the coal miners did -- sleeping in foul lodgings, subsisting on a meager diet, struggling to feed a family on a dismal wage, and going down into the hellish, backbreaking mines. What Orwell saw clarified his feelings about socialism, and in The Road to Wigan Pier, he pointedly tells why socialism, the only remedy to the shocking conditions he had witnessed, repelled "so many normal decent people." "Orwell's code was a simple one, based on truth and 'deceny'; he was important -- and original -- because he insisted on applying that code to his own Socialist comrades as well as to the class enemy...It is the best sociological reporting I know."--The New Yorker
Dimensions (Overall): 7.97 Inches (H) x 5.34 Inches (W) x .64 Inches (D)
Weight: .46 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Sub-Genre: Europe
Genre: History
Number of Pages: 256
Publisher: Mariner Books Classics
Theme: Great Britain, General
Format: Paperback
Author: George Orwell
Language: English
Street Date: October 18, 1972
TCIN: 11478710
UPC: 9780156767507
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-5114
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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