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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After some time, I knew I had to return to a George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) book. So I chose Keep the Aspidistra Flying. Was it a good choice? I would say it was mediocre at the most. Why do I say ... Read full review

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Although DOWN & OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON remains my favorite George Orwell book, COMING UP FOR AIR is a delightful read and really shows what a fine writer and story teller Orwell was. The story ... 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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