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Keep the Aspidistra Flying By George Orwell Keep the Aspidistra Flying London Gordon Comstock has declared war on the money god and Gordon is losing the war Nearly and rather moth eaten already a poet whose one small book of verse has fallen flatter than any pa
  • Title: Keep the Aspidistra Flying
  • Author: George Orwell
  • ISBN: 9780141183725
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying By George Orwell London, 1936 Gordon Comstock has declared war on the money god and Gordon is losing the war Nearly 30 and rather moth eaten already, a poet whose one small book of verse has fallen flatter than any pancake, Gordon has given up a good job and gone to work in a bookshop at half his former salary Always broke, but too proud to accept charity, he rarely sees his fewLondon, 1936 Gordon Comstock has declared war on the money god and Gordon is losing the war Nearly 30 and rather moth eaten already, a poet whose one small book of verse has fallen flatter than any pancake, Gordon has given up a good job and gone to work in a bookshop at half his former salary Always broke, but too proud to accept charity, he rarely sees his few friends and cannot get the virginal Rosemary to bed because or so he believes , If you have no money women won t love you On the windowsill of Gordon s shabby rooming house room is a sickly but unkillable aspidistra a plant he abhors as the banner of the sort of mingy, lower middle class decency he is fleeing in his downward flight.In Keep the Aspidistra Flying, George Orwell has created a darkly compassionate satire to which anyone who has ever been oppressed by the lack of brass, or by the need to make it, will all too easily relate He etches the ugly insanity of what Gordon calls the money world in unflinching detail, but the satire has a second edge, too, and Gordon himself is scarcely heroic In the course of his misadventures, we become grindingly aware that his radical solution to the problem of the money world is no solution at all that in his desperate reaction against a monstrous system, he has become something of a monster himself Orwell keeps both of his edges sharp to the very end a happy ending that poses tough questions about just how happy
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    1. George Orwell

      Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a a police officer with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma from 1922 1927 and fought with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War from 1936 1937 Orwell was severely wounded when he was shot through his throat Later the organization that he had joined when he joined the Republican cause,The Workers Party of Marxist Unification POUM , was painted by the pro Soviet Communists as a Trotskyist organization Trotsky was Joseph Stalin s enemy and disbanded Orwell and his wife were accused of rabid Trotskyism and tried in absentia in Barcelona, along with other leaders of the POUM, in 1938 However by then they had escaped from Spain and returned to England Between 1941 and 1943, Orwell worked on propaganda for the BBC In 1943, he became literary editor of the Tribune, a weekly left wing magazine He was a prolific polemical journalist, article writer, literary critic, reviewer, poet and writer of fiction, and, considered perhaps the twentieth century s best chronicler of English culture Orwell is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty Four published in 1949 and the satirical novella Animal Farm 1945 they have together sold copies than any two books by any other twentieth century author His 1938 book Homage to Catalonia, an account of his experiences as a volunteer on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War, together with numerous essays on politics, literature, language, and culture, are widely acclaimed.Orwell s influence on contemporary culture, popular and political, continues decades after his death Several of his neologisms, along with the term Orwellian now a byword for any oppressive or manipulative social phenomenon opposed to a free society have entered the vernacular.

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    1. Essentially this is every art student s dilemma, or at least it was back in my day, to sell out and deal with the Man or be true to our art and starve in an attic Whether to find one s place within the system or try to forge a unique life outside of it One thing we had in common was pot plants An aspidistra in Orwell s case, another kind of pot plant for me.As the story works itself out Gordon discovers two things, things we had in common we were really rather average poets and artists, and the [...]


    2. Dear George Orwell,It s not you, it s me It had to happen, really, this bit of faultering in the crush I ve had on you Sure, I ve known you for years, but as you know, I ve been completely smitten with you since last summer when I read your first published novel, Down and Out in Paris and London I grew smitten while reading An Age Like This, 1920 1940, your early correspondance, reviews, and essays, and I remained so while reading your 2nd published novel, Burmese Days But now the new car smell [...]


    3. Aspidistra A common houseplant with broad tapering leaves.This is the depressing story of a depressing man Not unlike other Orwell characters from 1984 or Down and Out in Paris and London Gordon Comstock wants to be a writer, a poet to be exact He has written and submitted poetry to magazine after magazine with no real success So Gordon goes about his day like any other Londoner, trying to get by and eventually he lands stable and good employment.But Gordon hates the slavery to money and almost [...]


    4. The reader s response to Gordon Comstock s behaviour will depend upon whether the reader has ever tried to live a self sufficient life free from bourgeois respectability, or seriously pursued an artistic vocation with stubborn single mindedness Orwell s novel is pretty one track plot wise what happens when a person renounces money and its interminable grip but Comstock s obsessive pursuit is a societal conundrum of universal proportions and makes for a frustrating and bone deep trip to the depth [...]


    5. What is important in life to hold on your principles and by this lead a dreadful life, or to leave your principles, and by that get a richer life Actually this is the basic question in this book To know what Gordon choses, You should read the book It s worth it.


    6. Oh, Orwell, thank you.It s no secret that Animal Farm is one of my favourite books Not only because it is a genius piece of the literary canon, but also because it the book that helped me crash down the wall between seeing classics as enemy and seeing their immense merit It s been a long while since I read Animal Farm, it was back in 2011 , and while I enjoyed 1984 and some of Orwell s essays, I admit to not knowing if he d be able to blow me away as strongly as he did with Animal Farm I stand c [...]


    7. I buddy read this book with my bestie, Ariel Bissett We spent time on Voxer than actually reading this novel most nights but in our defense we spent most of that time gushing about Orwell.I think this is my favorite Orwell I knew that from the very first chapter and oh what a chapter that is I think it may be one of the best opening chapters to a novel that I ve ever read, in fact, it s one of the best chapters that I ve ever read This novel tells us the story of Gordon Comstock, a man that com [...]



    8. The mistake you make, don t you see, is in thinking one can live in a corrupt society without being corrupt oneself After all, what do you achieve by refusing to make money You re trying to behave as though one could stand right outside our economic system But one can t One s got to change the system, or one changes nothing I thoroughly enjoyed this little book If you like Orwell you will love Keep the Aspidistra Flying.


    9. If you have seen the updates you may already realize that I was not overly keen on Gordon Comstock Nevertheless the liking or disliking of the hero or heroine of a novel evidently does not in itself negate the quality of the writing and it is certainly true that this novel is a really powerful description of the blanching effect of poverty on the colour of life, of the crippling struggle that the poor underwent between the wars and the pitiful descriptions of scrimping and saving and the sinking [...]


    10. Girl problems, money problems, houseplant problems Things are not going Gordon s way Money has become Gordon Comstock s all consuming id e fixe followed closely by aspidistras Gordon, who comes from one of those depressing families, so common among the middle middle classes, in which nothing ever happens, refuses to be a slave to the money god He gives up a relatively well paying but soulless job at an advertising agency, a job that furthers the evils of the capitalism that he deplores He instea [...]


    11. Wow, what a tiresome book The reason I even gave it three stars is because it s an Orwell book and, as such, he doesn t disappoint us with his wit, satire and irony However, the story itself was lacking.Orwell must have been in a very misanthropic mood when he wrote this The main character, Gordon, is so depressing and unlikeable he ties everything to money for example, it took him an hour to shave one morning because he didn t have enough money I just got so sick and tired of hearing about how [...]


    12. Slowly but surely working my way to Orwell s work and I m have a mighty splendid time doing so This book had me LOL several times I can t wait to continue my author exploration of this genius works.


    13. Our civilization is founded on greed and fear, but in the lives of common men the greed and fear are mysteriously transmuted into something nobler.This is the story of a thirty year old man with issues That s as simple a description as it gets Simple is no good in this case though Indeed, Orwell delivers a complex novel not so much in a literary sense, as in a psychological one Gordon is an anti hero whose issues revolve around money Money is the key word here If I had to describe him without ge [...]


    14. According to Gordon Bowker, this is one of the novels Orwell wanted his literary executor to suppress after his death That s a clear indication of how Orwell felt about the novel and it s fair to say that it s not his strongest work However, it still has a lot going for it, in particular black humour, sharp satire and a window into Orwell s own life Having recently read Bowker s biography of Orwell, I particularly appreciated the autobiographical elements of the novel, which otherwise would have [...]



    15. Well first of all, Orwell is a fantastic prose writer He can really make your feet feel tired by his descriptions of walking long distance in London, and the way he describes food, drinking, and the loose change in your pocket is right on the mark What made me tired is the main character s total obsession about money Not having money, the making of money, etc I hated that and that is one of the main themes of this book But then again I wanted to shoot the main character in the head and get rid o [...]


    16. I have not sympathized with a protagonist quite so much in a good while.Gordon Comstock is turning thirty, has no money, works in a bookshop, is a failing poet, and refuses to take a good job because of his socialist ideals and his war against the money god, and it s chief symbol the aspidistra that sits in the window of every British middle class home Kind of like a less talk the talk Frank Wheeler The hideous grimness of Gordon s soul destroying poverty, the way he sinks into inevitable decay, [...]


    17. Finishing the book within a day, I have a feeling that I just experienced something profoundly beautiful Keep the Aspidistra Flying is the story of a very likable anti hero and a very outstanding heroine That story between the two characters is almost too sacred to give out in a book review You have to read it yourself.Yet there is still something to talk about the author s message You can t read and put down Orwell s novels without rearranging a few of your beliefs.Only Orwell can speechify so [...]


    18. I haven t yet read Orwell s Down and Out in Paris and London, a supposedly excellent autobiographical account of a middle class man s descent into abject poverty, but I would imagine that some of the experiences Orwell describes in that book must have served him equally well in writing Keep the Aspidistra Flying, which must rank among the bleakest novels about self induced poverty ever written in the English language Keep the Aspidistra Flying centres on Gordon Comstock, a talented twenty nine y [...]


    19. Questo romanzo di Orwell non dico meno conosciuto, ma forse meno letto e apprezzato rispetto agli altri suoi pi acclamati E anche, probabilmente, un po pi grezzo e meno rifinito, essendo tra i primi che scritto Anzi, se non mi sbaglio, proprio il primo Per , fondamentalmente, racconta, come gli altri, una sconfitta, un progressivo cedere, un graduale abbandonare e abbandonarsi che disgrega il s e porta a confondersi con l omologato, con il comune sentire e, a un certo punto, a uniformarsi, vuoi [...]


    20. Objectively speaking, I am not sure that this is really a five star book But it certainly has affected me like one, hence my grade I have read it compulsively because despite being for many aspects so far away in time and setting the book solidly mirrors and describes the social context of the Thirties in England , to me it felt so true , that it was almost too real.The thing is that the book deals with things that have started to trouble me personally now that I am settling in, that I have just [...]


    21. This is why I would dig Orwell up and have him at a dinner party if I could The man just knows how to write and not just write randomness for the sake of writing or selling a book He just gets right down to the fundamentals of human existence mainly suffering This is one of his few books that actually ends on a high note.if conforming the the norm of society is a high note.I have to admit that by the middle of the book, I did want to punch Gordon in his testicles for being a douche to everybody, [...]


    22. Gordon Comstock is a truly insufferable bore to spend time with and this book whilst not a chore to read was pretty tame and predictable in nature Comstock s arc from anti capitalist to middle class conformist is essentially the same argument some douchey dudebro might make about lesbians all they need is some good dick see Chasing Amy for a popular example of said attitude explored by somebody half sensitive to the idea that it is the moron character who spouts it and in this examle yes, Orwell [...]


    23. Faith, hope and criticism.My favourite novel of all time chronicles Gordon Comstock s war against money and British society That Gordon chose to live outside the system and stay true to his art tempers the optimism of most follow your dreams type aspirational story with Gordon sinking further and further into poverty much to the shame of his family It was always my intention to buy an aspidistra and display it in the bay window on getting married in homage to this book As it happened my wife wou [...]


    24. Okudu um di er George Orwell romanlar yla kar la t racak olursam san r m en az bu roman ndan zevk ald m Kitab n ilk yar s fazla dura and bana g re Bunun d nda as l olarak kitab n ana kahraman Gordon sevemedim Paray sevmiyor, paradan nefret ediyor ya da bence etti ini zannediyor E er ok paras olsa paraya kar tutumu ayn m olurdu diye sorgulay p durdum kitap boyunca Eline bir miktar para ge ince k nad , k zd davran lar n, aktivitelerin gidip ayn s n yapmas paradan ziyade paras zl a kar bir d manl n [...]


    25. I really loved this book.You know how when the writer decides to put you through a fairly unsympathetic character and you find that he shares some of your own traits and suchy to be kind of depressed and oddly fascinated by the experience This is one of the unknown Orwell books, and for that reason it should be read by everyone who s gotten into the bigger hits and really gotten into them.The whole point is that it s not being artistic to decide to mope around and hate everything It s difficult [...]


    26. Oh, what an ode to the money Gods and aspidistras An amazing, emotional journey of one man s fight against aspidistras and the inevitable pull of the money Gods This is a novel that is warm, hard, depressing, funny, absurd and at the end virtuous and redeeming He simultaneously threads the needles of commerce, class, art and protest and weaves his story with satire and pathos, but doesn t make caricatures of ANY of his characters.


    27. A novel of London life and the search for integrity in the 1930s Features the shabbier side of life to the extent that the one brief excursion that the hero and his girlfriend make out of London feels like the explosive escape from a crushing environment.


    28. Aspidistras they seem to be mentioned in all of George Orwell s novels as far as I have read them anyway.Gordon is a poet although, most of his works have not been published and the ones that have seen the light of day simply fell flat The book opens with a gloomy atmosphere and a rather unlikeable description of our main character We then follow our unlikeable main character through his routine at work and his evening at home where he complains about money, customers, authors, poetry, books, ad [...]


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