Coming Up for Air

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HarperCollins, Jun 19, 2012 - Fiction - 239 pages
45 Reviews

On the eve of the Second World War, George “Fatty” Bowling places a bet that changes his life. Unlikely winnings in his pocket, George sets off to revisit the happier days of his childhood, distancing himself with each step from his unhappy life, dour wife, and annoying daughters. Along the way, however, Bowling learns that time does not stand still, even in memory, as many of his old haunts have either disappeared or irrevocably changed. Published in June 1939, shortly before the outbreak of war, Coming Up for Air is George Orwell’s nostalgic look at an idyllic world on the brink of collapse.

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User Review  - Carol Hislop - Goodreads

This was a hard book to rate. I enjoyed the sections about the war but I didn't like the parts where he argues with his wife. It's the kind of book where nothing much happens but the writing and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Justin Tuijl - Goodreads

Simply my favourite novel ever. Everything our man Orwell did was fantastic but this one, for me, tops the lot. Full of nostalgia a anti-hero salesman drives around, in his rep-moblie, to the places ... Read full review

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ERIC ARTHUR BLAIR (1903–1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist whose best-known works include the dystopian novel 1984 and the satirical novella Animal Farm. He is consistently ranked among the best English writers of the 20th century, and his writing has had a huge, lasting influence on contemporary culture. Several of his coined words have since entered the English language, and the word "Orwellian" is now used to describe totalitarian or authoritarian social practices.

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