Coming Up for Air (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 22, 1969 - Fiction - 288 pages
167 Reviews
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 from a bet, he goes back to the village where he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he remembers from thirty years before. 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
LORD OF THE FLIES/ COMING UP FOR AIR REVIEWING FUSION! - 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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User Review  - May El Masri - Goodreads

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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About the author (1969)

GEORGE ORWELL (1903–1950) was born in India and served with the Imperial Police in Burma before joining the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell was the author of six novels as well as numerous essays and nonfiction works.

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