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Coming Up for Air
     

Coming Up for Air

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by George Orwell, Richard Brown (Read by)
 

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COMING UP FOR AIR is about coping. Orwell hooks a character from among the struggling middle class and, close-up, lets us watch him wiggle. George (Tubby) Bowling is a "fat, middle-aged bloke with false teeth and a red face." He sells insurance, a task at which he grimly excels. The father of two ingrates and husband to a slattern, he dutifully makes mortgage payments

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COMING UP FOR AIR is about coping. Orwell hooks a character from among the struggling middle class and, close-up, lets us watch him wiggle. George (Tubby) Bowling is a "fat, middle-aged bloke with false teeth and a red face." He sells insurance, a task at which he grimly excels. The father of two ingrates and husband to a slattern, he dutifully makes mortgage payments on their dreary home. As the years roll by, he comes to feel like a hostage to his family. He regards them as wardens, himself a prisoner.

Bowling is a splendid example of Thoreau's observation that "most men lead lives of quiet desperation."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786102693
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged, 6 Cassettes
Pages:
6
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.26(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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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Coming Up for Air 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every middle-aged man should read this one for directions on how to make it to old age. For all the high-flown sociological and party-line interpretations this work is a manual for the man who stands on the edge--of old age, that is, and wants to look back for a moment before night closes in. It is a timeless work, at least so long as "men lead lives of quiet desperation."