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The Road To Wigan Pier.

Orwell, George.

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ISBN 10: 0786103043 / ISBN 13: 9780786103041
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks, Ashland, 1992
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Six 1 1/2 hour cassettes. Six New audio cassettes. SOCIALISM. When Orwell went to the north of England in the 1930s to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared their experience. He stayed in dreary lodgings - for a time he occupied the fourth bed in a small airless room - and subsisted on the scant, cheerless diet of the poor. He went down into the coal mines and walked crouching, as the miners did, from one to three miles to the coal face through a passage too low to stand up in. He watched the backbreaking, dangerous labor of men whose net pay averaged $525 a year. And he knew the unemployed - people who had been out of work for years and who had sunk beyond despair into an inhuman apathy. The first part of this book is the searing yet beautiful account of what Orwell found "on the road to Wigan Pier." In the second part he asks why Socialism, which alone in his opinion could conserve human values from the ravages of industrialism, had so little appeal. His answer was so critical of the Socialism and Socialists of his time that Victor Gollancz of the Left Book Club, under who auspices the book was written, was impelled to dispute Orwell in a foreword that has itself become famous. Read by Frederick Davidson. " .a masterpiece. It is also a basic document in the intellectual history of this century." - Richard H. Rovere (Key Words: Fiction, George Orwell, Victor Gollancz, Coal Miners, Coal Mining, Coal Mines, Unemployment, Wigan Pier, England, 1930s, Industrialism, Unemployment, England, Audio Books, Socialism, Frederick Davidson). Bookseller Inventory # 49651X1

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Title: The Road To Wigan Pier.

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, Ashland

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: No binding

Book Condition:New

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As a result of his experiences living with industrial workers in the North of England in the 1930s, Orwell created this searing study both for and against Socialism. 6 cassettes.

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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.

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