Coming Up for Air
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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