'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.