The Road to Wigan Pier

The Road to Wigan Pier A searing account of George Orwell s experiences of working class life in the bleak industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire The Road to Wigan Pier is a brilliant and bitter polemic that has

  • Title: The Road to Wigan Pier
  • Author: George Orwell
  • ISBN: 9780156767507
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • A searing account of George Orwell s experiences of working class life in the bleak industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire, The Road to Wigan Pier is a brilliant and bitter polemic that has lost none of its political impact over time His graphically unforgettable descriptions of social injustice, slum housing, mining conditions, squalor, hunger and growing unemA searing account of George Orwell s experiences of working class life in the bleak industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire, The Road to Wigan Pier is a brilliant and bitter polemic that has lost none of its political impact over time His graphically unforgettable descriptions of social injustice, slum housing, mining conditions, squalor, hunger and growing unemployment are written with unblinking honesty, fury and great humanity.

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    • Riku Sayuj says:

      The Road to Wigan Pier & 1984: A Parallel AnalysisCommissioned fortuitously in the period when Socialism was on the retreat and Fascism on the rise, Orwell must already have begun to glimpse the world which he was to envision with vigorous clarity in ‘1984’. This review is a dual review then, of ‘1984’ and of ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’.Written ostensibly as a documentary-report on the life of the working classes in the industrial towns of england, Orwell uses his reportage to inves [...]

    • Hadrian says:

      The Road to Wigan Pier is a book in two parts, both observant and fiery. This is one of Orwell's lesser-known works, but still one of his better ones. It surpasses Burmese Days and might almost reach Homage to Catalonia.The first part is a visit to the coal-mining areas up north, and a chronicling of the miners' lives. It's reminiscent of Engels' Conditions of the English Working Class, but with less statistics and more coal mining, and the social conditions of the miners themselves. Here, he ha [...]

    • B0nnie says:

      The Road to Wigan Pier FAQsBack in the days when I hung out in that other dimension called usenet, I wrote several *FAQS* for altoksorge-orwell (alas, now dead, a repository for villainous spam - RIP):Q & A with George Orwell:B: Will you tell us about the Brookers, the people with whom you stayed for a while in Wigan? O: Of course - mind if I smoke? - Mrs Brooker was too ill to do anything except eat stupendous meals, and Mr Brooker was a dark, small-boned, sour, Irish-looking man, and aston [...]

    • Darwin8u says:

      “I am a degenerate modern semi-intellectual who would die if I did not get my early morning cup of tea and my New Statesman every Friday. Clearly I do not, in a sense, 'want' to return to a simpler, harder, probably agricultural way of life. In the same sense I don't 'want' to cut down on my drinking, to pay my debts, to take enough exercise, to be faithful to my wife, etc. etc. But in another and more permanent sense I do want these things, and perhaps in the same sense I want a civilization [...]

    • Barry Pierce says:

      Alright Georgie I get what you're saying, being poor in the 30s was really fucking awful. I loved the way you wrote about the industrialisation of the north of England and your views on a Socialism and the such but ugh why did you write this one so unenjoyably? It felt like I was reading a 200-page Guardian column. I had to force myself through certain parts, not because they were boring or anything but because of the way you went about writing this thing. The content is A+ but the experience of [...]

    • Nigeyb says:

      I've recently read quite a few books by George Orwell (The Clergyman's Daughter, Coming Up For Air, Keep and The Aspidistra Flying), having previously read Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm and Homage to Catalonia, and am rapidly coming to the conclusion that he's one of my favourite writers. This was only the second time I've sampled his non-fiction. Before I discuss my thoughts on the book I want to mention how much I enjoy Orwell's writing style. In his essay Politics and the English Language [...]

    • Deniz Balcı says:

      George Orwell pek hakim olduğum bir yazar değil, daha önce birkaç kitabını okuma fırsatı bulmuştum. Bu kitabı da bir görevden kaynaklı okudum. Genel olarak inceleme kitaplarına eğer ki sanatla ilintili değilse pek yanaşmam; zira oldukça zorlanırım. 'Wigan İskelesi Yolu'nda da aynı şey oldu, cidden çok zorlandım.Kitabın başlamasıyla birlikte ne denli büyük bir yazarın elinden çıktığını hemen kavrıyorsunuz. Orwell'in bir şeyler anlatma konusundaki yeteneği, b [...]

    • MJ Nicholls says:

      The squalid living and working conditions of 1930s Northern miners. A tract on socialism. Classic Georgie.

    • Cphe says:

      Set in two distinctive parts I found the first to be the most interesting. Orwell painted a bleak picture of conditions for miners in the north of England. The working class didn't have it easy by any means. Dangerous working conditions, poor pay and even lesser prospectsd then there were the slums. Visual and descriptive writing. Also enjoyed what Orwell had to say about some of his fellow authors and his take on world affairs. Interesting and informative.

    • Tristessa says:

      In the first half of The Road to Wigan Pier, Orwell catalogues his participant/observation of the economically deprived North of England focusing on squalor, pollution and hardship during the Depression. Wigan Pier is a dystopic bleak vision of degrading capitalism - without his study, 1984 would not have existed. As political polemic in the second half, he provides the solution; Socialism. Orwell, fully aware of his own upper middle class prejudices, set to challenge his own feelings of disgust [...]

    • Nahed.E says:

      الكتاب الأول في هذه السنة وهي القراءة الرابعة للرائع جورج أورويل ولكن .أولا هي ليست رواية كما توقعت / أو كما آملت هي جزء من سيرته الذاتية وسط مناجم الفحم ومتاعب العمال وسوء الحياة في لندن وحياة السخرة التي يعاني منها أصحاب الطبقة العاملة فالكتاب جزآن جزء عن حياة العمال في منا [...]

    • Jonfaith says:

      Much like Hemingway's lost satchel or Genet's samizdat manuscripts, I'll piece this together from jumbled memories. How's that for hubris? The Road To Wigan Pier was amongst the best books I've read this year. The route established by Orwell is more sinuous than expected. He examines a lodging house and then travels to the pits themselves. He finds valor in those who toil. He doesn't patronize. He ponders the unemployment issue in England. He busts myths. He unrolls lengths of statistics. He the [...]

    • Kim says:

      Orwell was commissioned to write this book by his publisher Victor Gollancz, a campaigner for left-wing causes and the founder of the Left Book Club. It comprises two journeys. The first finds Orwell in investigative journalist mode, as he embarks on a physical journey amongst industrial workers in the economically depressed north of England, investigating and describing the causes and symptoms of poverty. The second is a journey of the mind, which takes the form of a long essay in which Orwell [...]

    • Neli Krasimirova says:

      Bu Orwell'ın okuduğum ilk non-fiction kitabı. Kurgu kitaplarını okumadan evvel deneyimlerini ve anılarını aktardığı bu kurgudışı kitapları okunmalı diye düşünmediğimi söylersem yalan olacaktır.Öncelikle kitap Büyük Savaş (çünkü WWII henüz kopmadı) sonrası İngiltere'nin kuzeyindeki maden işçilerinin hayatlarının incelemesi olarak ele alınmış geniş bir gözlem. Hatta öyle geniş ki ikinci bölümünde bir sosyalizm eleştirisine evriliyor. -ki zaten yazar [...]

    • Greg says:

      The best. Profoundly important work. Timeless relevance. Orwell's instilled personal middle class prejudices seemingly unconsciously expressed amid his objective insightful observations on the different class prejudices, as well as politics, work, hygiene, food nutrition, etc. are intriguing but don't diminish the relevance or value of this work. To read again.

    • Hesam Ghaeminejad says:

      این اثر به دو بخش تقسیم می¬شود، بخش اول به بررسی زندگی طبقه¬ی کارگر به طور مشخص کارگران معدن در شمال انگلستان و در بخش دوم به معرفی، نقد و دفاع از اندیشه¬های سوسیالیستی می¬پردازد، این دو بخش در مجموع 13 فصل را در بر می¬گیرد که 7 فصل ابتدایی آن، شرایط زندگی کارگران فصلی در مهمانخ [...]

    • Mona M. Kayed says:

      مبهرة ! في كلّ مرة أشرع فيها بالقراءة لأورويل أوطّن النفس مسبقاً على العالم الغريب الذي سيقحمني فيه بأسلوب لا يضاهيه فيه أحد ، مرة أنت تجوب شوارع باريس و لندن جائعاً مع المتشردين، و مرة أنت محبوس في علبة مكعبة يطلقون عليها اسم "بيت" و الأخ الأكبر يراقبك في أدق تفاصيلك ، و مرة أن [...]

    • Katy (Forever Fanatical About Books) says:

      This is a great book, it’s a non-fiction about the industrial heartlands of the north of England in the 1930s, focusing particularly on the working class, the coal miners in particular. George Orwell spent a lot of time living amongst the people and observing the standard of living. It was just fascinating and made me realise that some things truly never change. Orwell’s comments on the housing crisis, the prevalence of alcoholism, gambling, and unhealthy food, and how welfare was influencin [...]

    • Ashley says:

      Informative and thought-provoking with loads to digest.

    • Josh Caporale says:

      3.5 starsI have previously read three of Orwell's books: Animal Farm, 1984, and Keep the Aspidistra Flying. I read this book based on the recommendation of Larry from the show in order to prepare for a discussion about this book for the show, thus I made it through my fourth book by Orwell and I will say that this was among the more challenging of reads. This book is a nonfictional account that harps on Orwell's political philosophies regarding his support for Socialism. By Socialism, he means a [...]

    • Owlseyes says:

      "You and I and the editor of the Times Lit. Supp and the poets and the Archbishop of Canterbury and Comrade X, author of Marxism for Infants–all of us really owe the comparative decency of our lives to poor drudges underground, blackened to the eyes, with their throats full of coal dust, driving their shovels forward with arms and belly muscles of steel.""Every miner has blue scars on his nose and forehead, and will carry them to his death"."All the people I saw in these places, especially the [...]

    • Priya says:

      I read this as a budding social revolutionary (!) in my days of high school rebellion so have fond memories of the author/book and find it difficult to slag him/it off. That being said, I like Orwell's journalistic accounts (like this one and Burmese Days), I like his writing style as the crisp prose of a journalist shines through and I like his commitment to showing how, even in a fairly well-off society like Britain, there have always been people who are forgotten about. It's not all about the [...]

    • Pink says:

      This was definitely a book of two halves. The first section was reminiscent of Down and Out in Paris and London, although not as interesting. The second half was very representative of Orwell's essays, of which I've read most. So, where does that leave me feeling about this book? I didn't like it so much. I felt like I'd read most of it before and so that lessoned my enjoyment. I didn't learn anything knew here, but I still appreciated what Orwell had to say and think it's a worthwhile read if y [...]

    • Mohammed Hussam says:

      الكتاب من قسمين:في القسم الأول يتناول أوريل حياة الطبقة العاملة في شمال إنكلترا، يصف معاناتهم والظروف المعيشية الصعبة، وعملهم في مناجم الفحمفي الجزء الثانية يناقش الإشتراكية -كضرورة تاريخية لمواجهة الفاشية، وهو هنا يحاول تسليط الضوء على الأشتراكيين ونقد الفكر الأشتراكي ن [...]

    • Stephen says:

      interesting book looking at the industrial towns of the late 1930's with poverty and poor housing and the second part looking at socialism and the future of the world in view of that current events

    • G.R. Hewitt says:

      This was an interesting and insightful read and though it was written some eighty years ago it is remarkably current, timeless in many ways. There is much to stop and ponder over; for example:Here you come upon the important fact that every revolutionary opinion draws part of its strength from a secret conviction that nothing can be changed. Orwell pulled some things into all-too-sharp a focus for some tastes back then, which are just as challenging and eye-averting today in our so-called 'inclu [...]

    • LindaH says:

      Reading The Road to Wigan Pier got me roused up about a lot of things. First among them is to read more George Orwell. His writing is analytical, compassionate, clear, witty, honest, everything I love about great nonfiction. His description of coal miners's lives is exemplary journalism by today's standards, and this is commissioned work he did when he was only in his 20s. At the halfway point in the book, Orwell turns to the subject of socialism. He looks at it from all different perspectives, [...]

    • Chris Dietzel says:

      Ever since reading and loving '1984' and 'Animal Farm' I've been looking for something of Orwell's that can compare. Although 'The Road to Wigan Pier' is nonfiction and tells of coal miners in England, for me it comes the closest to capturing his outrage at the world that I loved so much in his two classics. This book focuses on the hardships of the lower class--the biases they face, the need for liveable wages--and is incredibly relevant to what is going on in much of the world today.

    • Anthony Buckley says:

      One of the best pieces of reportage I have encountered. Orwell discovers the English working class and, with kindness but without sentimentality, he describes what he sees.

    • Lorenzo Berardi says:

      I took the Road to Wigan Pier way too fastly. I drove by night through the 215 milestones between the beginning and the end of this trip. I have just parked for a few minutes halfway on the blank space between part I and part II. I turned off the engine and the headlights, had a little nap, restarted and drove straight to the very last page. I should have not been in a hurry. And yet I couldn't go any slower. Curiosity pushed me to run, to accelerate. And in that speed some details faded away, w [...]

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