Dans la dèche à Paris et à Londres by George Orwell

By George Orwell

Dans los angeles dèche à Paris et à Londres (titre unique : Down and out in Paris and London) est un livre autobiographique de George Orwell paru en 1933. L'auteur, à travers sa vie de travailleur pauvre et de vagabond, y décrit l. a. misère à Paris et à Londres à l. a. fin des années 1920 et au début des années 1930.

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Le livre se déroule en deux events. Dans l. a. première, Orwell décrit sa vie d'indigent et de travailleur temporaire dans les eating places parisiens. Le moment second du roman est un récit de voyage dans le Londres de l'époque du element de vue du clochard que l'auteur a été. Durant toute l'œuvre, Orwell s'attache à nous décrire ce qu'est los angeles pauvreté : entre l'exploitation au travail, l'alcool, les maladies précoces et los angeles faim presque permanente, l'écrivain livre une snapshot très poignante de ces hommes qui n'ont rien ou presque.

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After about an hour, Bernie said, ‘Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to take a break now. ’ What? It turned out that the regulars were in the habit of buying drinks for the band and leaving them on the piano top – so within sixty minutes I had four pints to get through. By the time I drank them, they’d been replaced by three more and a couple of Scotches. I started drinking the spirits after that, because the sheer volume of the beer was killing me. At the end of the night I got on my bicycle to ride home.

It was proper money, £3 a night – bear in mind that when you are at school and the average pocket money is half a crown, £3 is serious dosh. And this outfit worked three nights a week, mainly over the weekend. It was an unusual line-up – guitar, drums, piano and clarinet – but people didn’t mind in those days. This latest band was called the Concorde Quartet and the first problem was that, until I joined, it was a trio. It was run by a guy called Bernie Vick, a drummer in his early twenties who lived with his mum and dad in South Harrow.

Mervyn Conn. I never got paid. I took a view on it: I was young, inexperienced and here was a chance to play sessions for the BBC with some of the world’s top players. The £12 would have been wonderful but I still thought I was doing well. Years later, I bumped into James and we were laughing about Mervyn and the non-needle-time days. These revered veterans had a genuine affection for those days and felt privileged to have learned so much from them. ’ ‘You know what, Rick? ’ How did a sixteen-year-old come to be playing in a pub with some of the country’s best musicians, you ask?

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