Coming Up for Air - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Coming Up for Air - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 25/01/2001
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George Orwell's paean to the end of an idyllic era in British history, Coming Up for Air is a poignant account of one man's attempt to recapture childhood innocence as war looms on the horizon. George Bowling, forty-five, mortgaged, married with children, is an insurance salesman with an expanding waistline, a new set of false teeth - and a desperate desire to escape his dreary life. He fears modern times - since, in 1939, the Second World War is imminent - foreseeing food queues, soldiers, secret police and tyranny. So he decides to escape to the world of his childhood, to the village he remembers as a rural haven of peace and tranquillity. But his return journey to Lower Binfield may bring only a more complete disillusionment ... 'Very funny, as well as invigoratingly realistic ... Nineteen Eighty-Four is here in embryo. So is Animal Farm ... not many novels carry the seeds of two classics as well as being richly readable themselves' John Carey, Sunday Times

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141185699
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 191 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm

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“Don’t look back!”

Orwell convincingly encapsulates the pre war zeitgeist in this darkly humorous middle aged reverie written in his crisp, uncomplicated narrative style. He is a master of introspection and through George Bowling offers... More

Paperback edition
2nd June 2013
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“Coming Up For Air”

Another of Orwell's melancholic forays into the life of Mr ordinary that is also very amusing as one man revisits his hometown and discovers "things just ain't what they used to be." I found this... More

Paperback edition
20th November 2012
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