The Road to Wigan Pier

Blackstone Audio Inc.

Narrated by Frederick Davidson

7 hr 43 min
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When Orwell went to the north of England in the thirties to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared in their experience. He stayed in cramped, dreary lodgings and subsisted on the scant, cheerless diet of the poor. He went down into the coal mines and walked crouching, as the miners did, through a one- to three-mile passage too low to stand up in. He watched the back-breaking, dangerous labor of men whose net pay then averaged $575 a year. And he knew the unemployed, those who had been out of work for so long they had sunk beyond despair into an inhuman apathy. In his searing yet beautiful account of life on the bottom rung, Orwell asks himself why Socialism-which alone, he felt, could conserve human values from the ravages of industrialism-had so little appeal. His answer was a harsh critique of the Socialism and Socialists of his time.
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Publisher
Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Published on
Sep 11, 2008
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Duration
7h 43m 0s
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ISBN
9781481557252
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Europe / Great Britain / General
Political Science / Labor & Industrial Relations
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism
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