Not Aspidistra-tastic

25 07 2009

Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a ‘good job’ in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life.

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The descriptions of the slide into poverty though are extensive and rather grim. Gordon himself is a really quite unappealing and irritating character – naive and often stubborn, he really isn’t a terribly attractive hero and his treatment of those close to him, especially Rosemary, is pretty shabby. Not a great read.

2 star

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