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Coming Up For Air

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Coming Up For Air by George Orwell, Archeion Classic Series, ArcheionPress.com - The idea really came to me the day I got my new false teeth. I remember the morning well. At about a quarter to eight I'd nipped out of bed and got into the bathroom just in time to shut the kids out. It was a beastly January morning, with a dirty yellowish-grey sky. Down below, out of the little square of bathroom window, I could see the ten yards by five of grass, with a privet hedge round it and a bare patch in the middle, that we...
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Coming Up For Air by George Orwell, Archeion Classic Series, ArcheionPress.com - The idea really came to me the day I got my new false teeth. I remember the morning well. At about a quarter to eight I'd nipped out of bed and got into the bathroom just in time to shut the kids out. It was a beastly January morning, with a dirty yellowish-grey sky. Down below, out of the little square of bathroom window, I could see the ten yards by five of grass, with a privet hedge round it and a bare patch in the middle, that we call the back garden. There's the same back garden, some privets, and same grass, behind every house in Ellesmere Road. Only difference- where there are no kids there's no bare patch in the middle.I was trying to shave with a bluntish razor-blade while the water ran into the bath. My face looked back at me out of the mirror, and underneath, in a tumbler of water on the little shelf over the washbasin, the teeth that belonged in the face. It was the temporary set that Warner, my dentist, had given me to wear while the new ones were being made. I haven't such a bad face, really. It's one of those bricky-red faces that go with butter-coloured hair and pale-blue eyes. I've never gone grey or bald, thank God, and when I've got my teeth in I probably don't look my age, which is forty-five.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605120638
  • Publisher: Akasha Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/12/2008
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2002

    Every(middle-aged)man's story

    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."

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