Hey just finished this. It starts with a pretty grim description of the Yorkshire miners' work and life conditions but then it opens up to insightful considerations on the meaning of classes in England and on how they relate to each other, going deep into the core of Englishness.
Do you know he spent months living in a tramp dormitory to get rid of his class prejudices?
His view, at the time of writing, on Socialism has been made obsolete by history but not the analysis on the reasons behind fascist attitude within the middle (or upper-middle-lower) class.
What i find fascinating in Orwell is the way he is able to carve hard and clear truths out of what must have been a very confusing period, dominated by the rise of the Nazi-Fascism and the decline of the Empire. Also death to the stereotype!
Presented this way you will probably think this is a complete bore, but I really found myself laughing more often than not, as Orwell's no-frills prose is capable of delivering quality stand-up comedy lines.
If you love Orwell and have read already his major works, I would definitely recommend this.
The Road to Wigan Pier is a brilliant social commentary by George Orwell, addressing the plight of British coal miners during the 20s and 30s.
In this book, Orwell manages to write something of a news article without being too factual and uninteresting. By writing descriptively about a variety of things, ranging from the atmosphere of a coal mine to the condition of miners' residences, Orwell makes for interesting reading which is at the same time consciousness raising....Continua
A good book to read if you're from Sheffield, Manchester and any other nearby industrial city.
The second part is only political and philosophical propaganda- all good, for what I think-, leaving the description of places and people out. Nonetheless, a good book.