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Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936) [Novel]
by George Orwell Rating: Weighted - 6.2 / Average - 6.1 of 10 (8 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

from the publisher (Popular Library 1957)
A realistic moving novel of two young people—a poet and an office girl—who were madly in love, yet literally could not afford it. For in Gordon and Rosemary's world unmarried lovers are cruelly ostracized, and only money can buy the protection of respectability.

Desperately they sought privacy in deserted country lanes and sordid rooming houses. But in the end they broke through society's taboos to grasp the happiness they sought.

Original title: Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire

Edition #1: Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936)
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Language: English

  • "Sheer excellent story-telling... Orwell paints a brilliantly ironic picture of a segment of Western society in the 'thirties.'" America
  • "Both humorous and poignant, this is a delightful addition to the Orwell literature... Orwell is worldly wise, detached, yet sympathetic as he spins this haunting allegory... It seems as though Orwell wrote this one from the heart." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "The most powerful novel he (Orwell) has produced" Los Angeles Times
  • "One of the most poignant love stories of this or any other season." Milwaukee Journal
  • "Compassionate... Strong... Breath-taking." New York Herald Tribune
  • "The power of the book lies in the honesty and intensity with which it explores the young man's case against his own life and creates the desperation he must go through before he can accept the way of the aspidistra. A remarkable novel." Harper's Magazine
  • "In many ways the most powerful novel he has produced... There is, in addition, superb reportage and the qualities of the social novel which remind the reader of Dickens and George Gissing... There is also a strain of humor in this, vinegary but refreshing, and a meaty narrative style. Orwell's description of Comstock's night on the town is so realistic that you can taste the drinks and grow sick with the hangover. And there is a prescience that is amazing." Los Angeles Times
  • "Except for Priestley's works, few English writers show London so intimately as orwell does in KEEP THE ASPIDISTRA FLYING." Nashville Tennessean
  • "Orwell's picture of the 'money world' expressed through Gordon, is delightful satire. His exposure of Gordon's pretensions is sharp, brittle and witty. Yet there is a great poignancy in this tale of the bitter and at times seemingly hopeless plight of a lower-middle class man... the compassion and understanding with which the hero is brought to a conclusion of contentment is a demonstration of the author's profound belief in the lasting virtues of the common man... Well worth reading." Oakland Tribune
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