Coming Up for Air

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 22, 1969 - Fiction - 288 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 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
Amazing story telling, with impeccable description. - Goodreads
Orwell was best when writing dystopias. - Goodreads
Brilliant writing as to be expected. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Herman Gigglethorpe - Goodreads

Too dull for me, but other people seem to like this one. Orwell was best when writing dystopias. Read full review

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This book appears to be a direct conversation with the main character. While reading you are not just witnessing the events, but it seems that you are the one the character is talking to, with whom he ... Read full review

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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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