I’ve been reading George Orwell’s first novel Down and Out in Paris and London in preparation for my trip. I’ve intended to read this book for quite a while, and this seemed like the perfect time. Orwell writes about a young writer living in poverty in the two cities. The book is based in part on his own experience as a young writer living in poverty in the two cities, and that comes across in rich character detail and his descriptions of living for days without food.
It’s quite a brilliant book, really, and although I’ll be actually be rather up and in while in Paris and London, it seemed a perfect title to borrow for my log.