Keep the Aspidistra Flying

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The chief character in this early but exceptionally fine novel of Orwell's is Gordon Comstock, a writer who rebels against the twin British middle-class preoccupations: money and respectability.

"Not pretty, but powerful, accurate, and fair. This book projects as do few others the desperate ingredients and blind rage of the educated moneyless. And Orwell's power is wielded responsibly.

"Neither the rebels nor the hucksters are romanticized, nor is life--which wins in the end." ...

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Overview

The chief character in this early but exceptionally fine novel of Orwell's is Gordon Comstock, a writer who rebels against the twin British middle-class preoccupations: money and respectability.

"Not pretty, but powerful, accurate, and fair. This book projects as do few others the desperate ingredients and blind rage of the educated moneyless. And Orwell's power is wielded responsibly.

"Neither the rebels nor the hucksters are romanticized, nor is life--which wins in the end." (Chicago Sunday Tribune)

The story of an aspiring young poet who rejects the middle-class "money world" until he is trapped into marriage.

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Lionel Trilling
A remarkable novel...A summa of all the criticisms of a commercial civilization that have ever been made.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156468992
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1969
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 389,611
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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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  • Posted April 6, 2010

    unexpectedly excellent

    Gordon Comstock is not the most endearing of characters, and becomes increasingly less so as the novel progresses. Waging his own personal war against the "money code" Gordon trudges through life on 2 quid a week, convinced that he cannot be a real writer while maintaining a "good" job.

    At times the book is too repetitive, however this is an excellently written book with a perfectly anticlimactic ending. Darkly humorous interspersed with the gritty realities of surviving in London as a would-be poet sticking unrelentingly to his ideals. Gordon's life is the physical embodiment of irony.

    A great read. One of those books you feel smarter for having read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    very good

    wish the DVD would come out The Merry War" with Richard Grant and Helen Bohnam Carter..based on this book .movie was awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2000

    See How They Get You?

    I lived and breathed this book from beginning to end. At times I wanted to cry out, I became so involved with this moth-eaten, mildly sympathetic character. Orwell uses his usuall broad strokes here, but on a much smaller canvas. Especially recommended for starving artists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    Not just 1984...

    This Orwell character wrote some books besides 1984 and Animal Farm... This is the first one I read other than those two. I just completely related to Gordon Comstock -- truly unimaginable for most people, I'm sure. It's really a simple story. I don't believe he's trying to make any bold sociological statements like in other works. He just wants to write a nice little story. Also check out Down and Out in Paris and London, if you have the Socialist leanings that I do.

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