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The Road To Wigan Pier: Revisited
Started by: jo anne (23468)  Report abuse
'It is the 75th anniversary of the publication of George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, in which he travelled to the north of England to see how 'the poor' lived.

In The Road to Wigan Pier: Revisited, author Stephen Armstrong retraces the journey made by Orwell in 1937.

Orwell biographer Professor Stephen Ingle said that the author would have been surprised at the progress that has been made in social equality.

But Stephen Armstrong said that on retracing Orwell's steps, he discovered that poverty is "back to the levels of 1930's".'

A BBC Radio 4 Today programme excerpt - 3:54

Posted by: elmos (2327)  Report abuse

Have got most of orwell's books,all are a good honest

read.Reading "road to wigan pier"and not having a tear

in your eye at the end, will mark you a hard person.

Posted by: jo anne (23468)  Report abuse
I've only read 'Animal Farm', Elmos.

I was glad to study the story in English Literature, as we were given extra information to fully appreciate the analogy.

Posted by: stooo (inactive) Report abuse
In Australia George Orwell books are out of copyright

You can read George Orwells 'The Road To Wigan Pier' here

http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/o/orwell/george/o79r/index.html

You can download the book in the ePub format, by pressing the ePub button.

You can use this method to convert ebooks to kindle and it works, kindle books are in the MOBI format

http://techsupport.foreverwarm.com/how-to-read-epub-books-on-your-kindle

Posted by: elmos (2327)  Report abuse

shame on you,"only read animal farm",try "down and out

in paris and london".Animal farm is a clever book.

Posted by: ayrefield (3743) Report abuse
elmos, in his book The Road to Wigan Pier I found Orwell's description of his time in his lodging house and the goings on in there to be quite comical, also the chefs spitting in the soup in his book Down and Out in Paris and London.

Posted by: elmos (2327)  Report abuse

a long time since i read those books ayrefield,

will have to revisit.

Just remember they made me sad then mad.

Posted by: jo anne (23468)  Report abuse
Shame on me, indeed, Elmos. Thanks for those links, Stooo.

Posted by: jarvo (20978)  Report abuse
Part one of The Road To Wigan Pier is absolutely hilarious...I laughed out loud at his description of the "filthy" lodging house.

Part two is very dull.

Posted by: bennielechat (inactive) Report abuse
You're right Jarvo the last part of TRTWP reads like an inventory which it is I suppose.

I think 1984 is a classic novel though and even more relevant now than ever.Pity Labour used it as a blueprint for their terms in office.

Posted by: elmos (2327)  Report abuse

I CAN IMAGINE YOU LAUGHING AT THE BOOK JERKO,

BUT THAT SAYS MORE ABOUT YOU THAN ABOUT THE BOOK.

Posted by: jarvo (20978)  Report abuse
And Jericho to you, St Elmos's Fire...

 
 
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