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on 7 March 2014
Orwell's typical(?) picture of despair was half expected - given his track record - but enjoyable nonetheless. His quaint writing style takes some getting used to but seems appropriate for the depiction of a squalid, metropolitan life in England between the World Wars.
The 'hero', Gordon Comstock, is a pathetic specimen who, beyond sympathy, bumps along the bottom of his existence without attempting extricate himself from it ( made all the more annoying, given his own realisation that 'this is where he is' but justifies his stance with a half-baked notion of the "Money-God" being responsible for all mans woes.
Reading this novel from the relative comfort of to-day's cosy affluence, does offer an interesting illustration of a left-wing viewpoint on the part of the author which, ultimately, leaves a glimmer of hope.
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on 27 May 2014
One of the greatest novels of the 20.th century.Written in the 1930s,it's light,unassuming,unflinching in telling the truth,compassionate in it's view for the characters struggling to come to terms with themselves and society.Add to this,a ear for accurately bringing to life the dialogue and idioms of the era,all definetly sound like the perfect ingredients for what would be needed to create a great novel.
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on 12 August 2010
One of my favourite George Orwell novels, principally because I identify so strongly with it's anti-hero, the downtrodden dreamer, Gordon Comstock. Orwell's brilliance was in sketching out the tastes, sounds, smells and sentiments of life in a way that made them feel almost more real than real life. If anyone can do 'visceral', it's Orwell.
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on 7 February 2017
Great reading.
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on 10 December 2015
Very interesting read, quite humorous, similar to Wigan Pier, but not 1984. Very enjoyable.
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on 13 August 2014
Fascinating early 20th century read of times gone by - even if you're a young person - you probably know/knew someone from this era - so much change in a lifetime
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on 25 July 2017
a lost classic, very funny
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on 23 January 2016
Gruelling tale of poverty from a past age. Incredibly moving reality
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on 10 March 2016
Good service & good product
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on 9 February 2013
An excellent book but not one which will cheer you up. You will feel like kicking Gordon Comstock up the backside by the end of it.
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