Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Keep the Aspidistra Flying

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by George Orwell, Richard E. Grant
     
 

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Orwell's darkly comic novel centers around the life of Gordon Comstock, onetime advertising copywriter turned bookshop employee and struggling poet. Gordon's disdain for money and artistic compromise preclude his earning enough of a living to escape constant public embarrassment. On top of this, it gives him terrible trouble holding on to his girlfriend. Unwilling to

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Orwell's darkly comic novel centers around the life of Gordon Comstock, onetime advertising copywriter turned bookshop employee and struggling poet. Gordon's disdain for money and artistic compromise preclude his earning enough of a living to escape constant public embarrassment. On top of this, it gives him terrible trouble holding on to his girlfriend. Unwilling to dilute his stubborn stance on capitalistic pursuits, he constantly obsesses "money, money, money, all is money." Gordon's problems mount while his only published volume, Mice, gathers dust on a shelf, and his attempts at a new collection stagnate. Written during Orwell's time living in Notting Hill and set in London during "the year of blight, 1934," the novel is a fine example of Orwell's wit, and a masterpiece of fiction. It also hints towards themes about power and relationships that would color his later works Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. Reader Richard E. Grant is one Britain's best-loved actors, and best remembered for his role in Withnail & I. In 1997 Grant also appeared as Gordon Comstock in a film version of Orwell's novel. Unabridged.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906147860
Publisher:
Canongate UK
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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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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George Orwell (1903-50), real name Eric Arthur Blair, was a British author and journalist famed for his satirical wit and socio-political focus.

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Keep the Aspidistra Flying 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Thea_Kronborg More than 1 year ago
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.
mistunes More than 1 year ago
wish the DVD would come out The Merry War" with Richard Grant and Helen Bohnam Carter..based on this book .movie was awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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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.