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Synopsis: When Orwell went to the north of England in the thirties to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared in their experience. He stayed in cramped, dreary lodgings and subsisted on the scant, cheerless diet of the poor. He went down into the coal mines and walked crouching, as the miners did, through a one- to three-mile passage too low to stand up in. He watched the back-breaking, dangerous labor of men whose net pay then averaged $575 a year. And he knew the unemployed, those who had been out of work for so long they had sunk beyond despair into an inhuman apathy. In his searing yet beautiful account of life on the bottom rung, Orwell asks himself why socialism--which alone, he felt, could conserve human values from the ravages of industrialism--had so little appeal. His answer was a harsh critique of the socialism and socialists of his time.
Review: Although George Orwell grew up in the relative comfort of the English middle class, his socialist convictions and general sense of fairness led him to hate his country's deeply ingrained class structure. That perspective permeates this book, but the most striking elements are the quotidian details of life that Orwell observes in his first-person account of the lives of coal miners and others in the poor north of England. Wigan Pier is almost too realistic at times, as Orwell brings his unparalleled powers of observation to portray the wretched conditions of the working class. That Orwell may have slanted his reporting to make things look worse than they were is a question that does not lessen the book's interest.
Title: The Road to Wigan Pier -
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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Book Description Penguin, 1974. Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # U9780140017007
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Book Description Penguin, Harmondsworth UK, 1962. Softcover. Condition: Fair. 1st Penguin 2nd Printing. Edges browned into margins, tight, no inscriptions, reading creases to spine, general coverwear. We post daily Mon-Sat. Size: 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Book. Seller Inventory # 012688
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Book Description PENGUIN 1967, 1967. reprint paperback , good page edges tanned, spine showing some wear but overall clean and tight with bright covers, orange background to factory scene and workers outlined in grey and black. Seller Inventory # 043513