The Road to Wigan Pier

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Penguin Books Limited, Apr 26, 2001 - Fiction - 240 pages
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A searing account of George Orwell's observations of working-class life in the bleak industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire in the 1930s, The Road to Wigan Pier is a brilliant and bitter polemic that has lost none of its political impact over time. His graphically unforgettable descriptions of social injustice, cramped slum housing, dangerous mining conditions, squalor, hunger and growing unemployment are written with unblinking honesty, fury and great humanity. It crystallized the ideas that would be found in Orwell's later works and novels, and remains a powerful portrait of poverty, injustice and class divisions in Britain.

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User Review  - PilgrimJess - LibraryThing

“It is only when you meet someone of a different culture from yourself that you begin to realise what your own beliefs really are.” The Road to Wigan Pier is written in two parts. The first part of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

A brilliant, compassionate portrait of the English working class, specifically mining families and northern England followed by a sharp critique of Socialism. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in India in 1903. He was educated at Eton, served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, and worked in Britain as a private tutor, schoolteacher, bookshop assistant and journalist. In 1936, Orwell went to fight for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War and was wounded. In 1938 he was admitted into a sanatorium and from then on was never fully fit. George Orwell died in London in 1950.

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