Coming Up for Air

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Secker & Warburg, 1948 - England - 237 pages
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George Bowling, the hero of this comic novel, is a middle-aged insurance salesman who lives in an average English suburban row house with a wife and two children. One day, after winning some money on a horse, he decides to go back to the village where he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he remembers from thirty years before. Disheartened by the machine-made urban world and his wife's narrow outlook, he is in search of the way of life that he remembers as natural and sane. The pool, alas, is gone, the village has changed beyond recognition, and the principal event of his holiday is an accidental bombing by the RAF.

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Good book ... Not sure about ending - Goodreads
Orwell is never a writer to shy away from harsh truths. - Goodreads
Amazing story telling, with impeccable description. - Goodreads
It's a pretty bleak story, told in vigorous prose. - Goodreads
Brilliant writing as to be expected. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Pascale - Goodreads

As utterly impossible to put down as "Burmese Days", although here there isn't even any element of suspense. What holds you is the strength of the writing, which gets quite lyrical in the passages ... Read full review

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A nostalgia of things that had been and never again will be, all while living to see that no matter how much one tried there was no going back home, no reliving old memories.. In a world of constant ... Read full review


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George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair in 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton for four years. Orwell was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left the position after five years and then moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books, Burmese Days and Down and Out In Paris. Orwell then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, Orwell served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. He started writing for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune. Soon after he published the world-famous book, Animal Farm, which became a huge success for Orwell. It was then towards the end of his life when Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four. George Orwell died on January 23, 1950 in London.

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