Coming up for Air

Coming up for Air

Book - 1948
Average Rating:
2
Rate this:
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, 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 tranquility. But what will he find when he gets there?
Publisher: 1948
ISBN: 9780141185699
9780140182286
0140182284
Branch Call Number: ORWELL

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

redban Feb 02, 2015

Another piece to understanding the author behind Animal Farm and Nineteen Eight-Four. Every Orwell book I've read has been either enlightening or at the very least witty and funny.

Ellington4's review below is right on. This book is similar in style to "Down and Out in Paris and London".

Most recommended: "Homage to Catalonia"

e
Ellington4
Mar 19, 2014

George Orwell wrote lots of other things than 1984 and Animal Farm. He wrote other, even finer novels and many essays on a wide range of subjects. This comic novel is absolutely wonderful. Its narrator/protagonist is a 45-year-old self-described, fat insurance agent, who feels heavily burdened by his routine life in a London suburb. He decides to "come up for air" and spend a week in the country town where he grew up at the turn of the 20th Century, which he hasn't seen in 20 years. In the first half of the book he recalls his boyhood in vivid, poetic language (the book is said to be largely autobiographical). When he does go home, he finds an alien place--a 20,000 population city where he cannot recognize anyplace and is known by nobody. The book sharply satirizes spreading suburban life, and its effect on older English patterns. Orwell wrote Coming Up For Air in 1938, after returning from the Spanish Civil War. While comic, the book also has unsettling signs of a quickly coming Second World War, which the narrator acknowledges. The blurb on the book's cover calls Coming Up For Air a "minor masterpiece." It is, it most certainly is.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

  Loading...

Find it at SL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top