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The Road to Wigan Pier

Written by: George Orwell
Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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A graphic and biting polemic that still holds a fierce political relevance and impact despite being written over half a century ago. First published in 1937 it charts George Orwell's observations of working-class life during the 1930s in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His depictions of social injustice and rising unemployment, the dangerous working conditions in the mines amid general squalor and hunger also bring together many of the ideas explored in his later works and novels.

©2012 Canongate Books (P)2012 George Orwell

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Must read

Read this on recommendation by Jordan Peterson. It outlines the life of the working and lower classes from the perspective of an open minded Borgois man living among them. It also describes the transitional issues that arrive when trying to convert an entire civilization to socialism as is happening still today. Fascism is a real danger, ever lurking in the shadow of socialism. Great read, decent narrator.

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incredible, relevant

An incredible book that is definitely worth reading if one wants to understand the political events of 2016

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  • Jeremy Kean
  • 2018-12-16

Censored. This is Orwell, remember?

A number of words were bleeped. I can't tell you how aggravating it is to purchase a book as an adult, and have someone choose which words I ought to hear. Wonderful book overall. Orwell deserves his full credit. The narrator sounded excellent to. But hearing that bleep made my blood boil.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-01-18

A great look into the year 1936

A book about the working class life in 1936 and also about the political climate of the time.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-12-30

Very pertinent message in today’s political landscape

This book was a very interesting read - the first part was an excellent ethnography of coal miners in the UK - followed by a very well thought out argument for moderate socialist policy - rather than the misguided identity politics we see today. George Orwell remains one of my favorite writers of all time.

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  • Koot Kotze
  • 2018-04-06

As insightful as ever

Listen to it at 2.5x speed. Interesting to read it with the knowledge of hindsight.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2017-06-07

Class a pathogen

"You can sympathize with a murderer, a sodomite, but bot if his breath stinks." Great insight on the class system.