Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary,... show more
Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life. Through the character of Gordon Comstock, Orwell reveals his own disaffection with the society he once himself renounced.
Publish date: October 26th 2000
Pages no: 277
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Modern Classics
, English Literature
, Social Issues
Since it's been awhile since I read a classic, I thought I'd give Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell a shot. It kept cropping up on my radar and the name alone had me quite intrigued. I went into this blind...even to the extent that I didn't look to see what the heck an Aspidistra was. (I k...
This is a book that Orwell wanted repressed thinking that it was a failure. Also, looking at other reviews on here, it seems as if people do not really get it, that much.The book is about a poet's rejection of a good job and subsequent slide into grim poverty. The book is a satire.The book satiriz...
According to Gordon Bowker, this is one of the novels Orwell wanted his literary executor to suppress after his death. That’s a clear indication of how Orwell felt about the novel and it’s fair to say that it’s not his strongest work. However, it still has a lot going for it, in particular black hum...
A Note on the Text--Keep the Aspidistra Flying
I've been enjoying working my way through George Orwell's back catalogue over the last few months. 'Coming Up For Air' was a book I adored. 'The Clergyman's Daughter' was also good. Consequently my expectations were fairly high. I don't consider this book to be as good as either of the aforement...