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Keep the Aspidistra Flying - George Orwell
Keep the Aspidistra Flying
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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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141183725 (0141183721)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 277
Edition language: English
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Reading For The Heck Of It
Reading For The Heck Of It rated it
1.0 Aspidistra sounds like the name of an alien
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...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
4.0 Keep the Aspidistra Flying
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...
Kim Reads and Bakes
Kim Reads and Bakes rated it
4.0 Keep the Aspidistra Flying
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...
Edward
Edward rated it
5.0 Keep the Aspidistra Flying
A Note on the Text--Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Nigeyb
Nigeyb rated it
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...
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