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One of Orwell's best,
By A Customer
This review is from: Keep the Aspidistra Flying (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
'Keep The Aspidistra Flying' is a tragi-comic exploration into the central character's attempt to stay true to his beliefs. However, he soon discovers that abandoning his promising career as an advertising copywriter in a bid to become an impoverished, garret-dwelling poet is not quite as romantic as he first thought.
Any reader who shares Gordon's political views will no doubt sympathise with him but at the same time, will want to take him by the shoulders and shake the idealism and naivete out of him before he wrecks his relationship with his long-suffering girlfriend and sets himself on a path to self-destruction. Satirical, moving, funny and ultimately positive as Gordon learns the importance of compromise - the Orwell of 'Keep The Aspidistra Flying' is not the bleak, visonary Orwell of 'Animal Farm' and '1984'.
However, the descriptions of Gordon's seedy bedsit will make you want to go and have a bath straight away.