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George Orwell

Coming Up for Air

Coming Up for Air is the seventh book by English writer George Orwell, published in 1939. It was written between 1938 and 1939 while Orwell spent time recuperating from illness in French Morocco, mainly in Marrakesh. He delivered the completed manuscript to publisher upon his return to London in March 1939. The story follows George Bowling, a 45-year-old husband, father, and insurance salesman, who foresees World War II and attempts to recapture idyllic childhood innocence and escape his dreary life by returning to Lower Binfield, his birthplace. The novel is comical and pessimistic, with its views that (a) speculative builders, commercialism, and capitalism are killing the best of rural England, and (b) his country is facing the sinister appearance of new, external national threats.
278 printed pages
Original publication
1939

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Quotes

    Jelena Jovanovićhas quoted2 years ago
    world we’re going down into, the kind of hate-world, sloganworld. The coloured shirts, the barbed wire, the rubber truncheons. The secret cells where the electric light burns night and day, and the detectives watching you while you sleep.
    Jelena Jovanovićhas quoted2 years ago
    feeling that you’ve got to be everlastingly fighting and hustling, that you’ll never get anything unless you grab it from somebody else, that there’s always somebody after your job, the next month or the month after they’ll be reducing staff and it’s you that’ll get the bird—THAT, I swear, didn’t exist in the old life before the war.
    Jelena Jovanovićhas quoted2 years ago
    There’s time for everything except the things worth doing.

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