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Coming Up for Air (Penguin Modern Classics) by George Orwell
18 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Coming Up For Air is a pleasant enough chronicle of one man's failed attempt to retreat to the security of his childhood. George Bowling is unhappy with himself, his menial job, expanding waist and receding hairline. He is also unhappy with the world at large and the war that he fears to be inevitibly on the horizon. He therefore decides to return to the town in which he grew up. This return proves to be ill faited and George finds the fields in which he played and the pond in which he fished built upon, and his childhood sweetheart as overweight as George himself. It highlights the futility of looking back and forces George to face the present he so despised.
This is not by any… Read more
The History Of Mr Polly (Everyman) by H.G. Wells
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
For those who, like me, were always put off HG Wells through a mistaken belief that he was a science fiction writer, The History of Mr Polly may well come as a pleasant surprise.
The book is the reassuring tale of one mans eventful stumble toward utopia, which should offer hope to fretful drifters the world over.
Three quarters of the book chronicles the painfully comic descent of Mr Polly from youthful apprentice in a leading department store to the middle aged, unhappily married and bankrupt-in-all-but-name owner of a regional gentlemans outfitters. Mr Polly manages to gain weight, while his hair recedes and number of friends dwindle. Polly retreats behind the pages of his… Read more
The Diary of a Nobody (Penguin Popular Classics) by George Grossmith
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Diary of a Nobody tells the story (in diary form) of Edwardian clerk Mr Charles Pooter. Mr Pooter is a roaring stereotype of the turn of the century, white-collar, lower-middle class to which he belongs, from his snobbish pomposity and sense of social importance, to his suburban home in Holloway (home: The Laurels). Pooter is a man out of his time, his ideals and attitudes are those of the mid 19th century when his position as clerk would have obtained for him the social respect that Pooter still clearly thinks he deserves. However, the Great Agricultural Depression meant that clerks positions were no longer as secure as they had been 30 years previously, while the spread of education and… Read more