Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Keep the Aspidistra Flying

by George Orwell
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Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

"Keep the Aspidistra Flying", though it is one of Orwell's least known novels, explores his usual themes--the various forms of oppression of the individual by society. Here the comfortable middle class life is symbolised by the aspidistra, and is governed by the "Money God". Gordon struggles to break free of the Money God, but will he eventually keep the aspidistra flying?

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ISBN-13: 9781781392799
Publisher: Benediction Books
Publication date: 09/26/2012
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About 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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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.