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Gradual build but some great settings,
This review is from: Down and Out in Paris and London (Penguin Modern Classics) (Kindle Edition)
The novel is unmistakeably autobiographic, in so far as Orwell himself once felt sufficient empathy with the poor and disenfranchised that he mingled on the streets with the homeless, even occasionally living as a tramp. The measure of his awkwardness with his own middle class background together with his eventual financial success is reflected in the genuine sympathy he shows of the bond between the tramp fraternity.
This contrasts with the unfeeling and harsh atmosphere he describes of kitchen workers in the hotels and restaurants of Paris, Boris being a memorable character. My only disappointment was with the pace of the book which, for the first two thirds or so tends to drag, although to be fair Orwell has to build his main protagonists and the tramp community which he describes in such detail.