domingo, 11 de abril de 2010

Down and Out in Paris and London

Then the question arises, Why are beggars despised?--for they are despised, universally. I believe it is for the simple reason that they fail to earn a decent living. In practice nobody cares whether work is useful or useless, productive or parasitic; the sole thing demanded is that it shall be profitable. In all the modem talk about energy, efficiency, social service and the rest of it, what meaning is there except 'Get money, get it legally, and get a lot of it'? Money has become the grand test of virtue. By this test beggars fail, and for this they are despised.

Na absoluta impossibilidade de escrever sobre este magnífico livro, aqui deixo um excerto. Entre o documental e o ficcional, é obra a ler com toda a convicção. Antes de Truman Capote, George Orwell. Veementemente.

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