26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Worth the journey,
By A Customer
This review is from: Keep the Aspidistra Flying (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
This story can be hard work at times. As Gordon's grubby life gradually slides further downhill, you feel yourself being dragged with him. Although the story is set in a time and place alien to those born after the Second World War, the descriptions and profiles of life between the wars are vivid and heartbreaking.
But, like many a good novel, the journey is worth it. Without the knowledge of what has gone before, of life at the bottom rung of the ladder, of the self imposed hardship in the name of higher ideals, the pure simple joy of the destination reached at the end of the journey cannot be understood or appreciated for what it really is. Personal, unbridled, warmth and contentment. Stick with it... You won't regret it.