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Down And Out In Paris And London SummaryDown and Out in Paris and London is a documentary of the life of lower class people in Paris and London Orwell shows the social conditions of the so-called plongeurs they are cheap and unqualified workers in restaurants hotels etc in Paris and of the tramps in London By joining these people and living amongst them Orwell generates a very realistic view It was even more than that Orwell wasnt only living amongst them for these months he was even one of them The book consists of 38 chapters The first 25 chapters are about Orwells experience as a plongeur in Paris and the last chapters describe his experience as a tramp in England Orwells narration starts in the Rue Du Coq DOr a street in one of the slums in Paris This was a very busy street and many foreigners lived there in very cheap hotels Despite the dirt and the social problems there were also some respectable French people living in this quarter most of them owned tiny shops and bistros Orwell earned his living by giving English lessons occasionally The money he earned with the lessons wasnt enough and one month before his savings came to an end he started looking for a job He intended to become a tour guide or something similar but a piece of bad luck prevented this a young Italian robbed nearly all Orwells savings This was the time when Orwells real poverty began From this time on Orwell had to live on six francs a day Orwell describes Poverty isnt the way we expect it to be We who have never experienced real poverty think that it must be terrible it isnt it happens to be squalid and boring Another problem is that you dont dare admit that you are poor you have to pretend that you are living quite well You have to waste valuable money on things
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