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Coming Up for Air (Penguin Modern Classics)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2015
Good book but then it would be from Orwell.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2012
I've not read any Orwell for years and recently came across this book of his.

I found it an interesting read on the whole. The social and political history surrounding the years between the two world wars formed an interesting back drop to the story about George Bowling and his wife Hilda. Whilst the characters might not have been the most likeable in the world, it didn't detract away from the story at all. Orwell portrayed them both as normal human beings with flaws a plenty.

If you come across this lesser known book by Orwell give it a go and you might be pleasantly surprised.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 1999
'Coming Up For Air' is essentially the story of George Bowling's life from his earliest childhood memories to the present. It is a book about a man's inner reflections and his ambivalence to change and time. It is a story of growing up, yearning for the past, only to become disillusioned and disappointed.
George Orwell's writing is clear and cutting, bringing out effectively Bowling's emotions and thoughts. Bowling's voice is honest and precise, communicating to the reader his innermost thoughts and feelings.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2015
Fantastic thank you!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2012
Very appertaining for a retired ex-salesperson,especially one who was married with two children,and born in a rural setting.Moral of the story "never go back" it won't be the same.15 packs of vegetable seeds - SWEDE, CARROT, PEPPER etc
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8 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2000
Perhaps written for an audience 20-30 years my senior, (I am 17) I found this book more of a chore than a pleasure. Having read many of Orwell's novels and a large amount of his journalistic work I was expecting something entirely different. Though this book is well written and, at times quite funny, I found it on the whole quite boring! If you have read this book and share my sentiments however, do not be put off- Orwell is an excellent writer and his books are amongst the best!
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2012
No real story here. Lots of reminiscing about a childhood/fishing. Much rather re-read Down & Out in Paris & London.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2014
A good read! t is all I expected and hoped for. I don't see why I need to add more words to add my satisfaction of the item for which I paid for and appreciate the swift delivery from Amazon!
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2 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2013
George Orwell is a brilliant writer, but I didn't read any further after him recalling his childhood, with three of his friends, finding four baby chicks out in the forest, after playing with them for an hour, decided what to do with them, and decided to stamp on them! I could not believe when I read this, needless to say I put the book straight down. I only hope it was a fictional account of his childhood. And if it is, it is still unnecessary to be so cruel. Although still growing up, most children would surely not be so heartless to do this.
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