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The Road to Wigan Pier By George Orwell
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Orwell’s account of his visit to the ‘black north’ has been called ‘the mother of all literary journalist’s reportages’. It’s still a fascinating, sometimes... More > even gripping impression of life on, above and underground. Next to that, Orwell’s book contains a second part in which he went the theorizing way. This is serious stuff but by no means dull. Here Orwell fires a well documented plead for socialist reforms. His northern journey had made him choose for socialism, but in the same run he heavily criticised the socialist movement’s old fashioned approach, dullness and its image ‘of vegetarians with wilting beards, of Bolshevik commissars (half gangster, half gramophone), of earnest ladies in sandals, shock-headed Marxists chewing polysyllables, escaped Quakers, birth-control fanatics, and Labour Party backstairs-crawlers’.< Less