Coming Up for Air

By Orwell, George, MacKay, Marina

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Before the war! How long shall we go on saying that, I wonder? How long before the answer will be 'Which war?'The approach of the Second World War finds suburban insurance agent George Bowling in a reflective mood. As he thinks back to the sedate Oxfordshire village of his Edwardian boyhood, he contemplates regretfully what has happened to England since then, from the First World War, in which he served, to the seemingly inescapable money-grubbing and mechanization of everyday life in modern London. A lucky windfall allows Bowling to make a secret return to his idyllic birthplace: a fortifyingrespite, he hopes, from the struggles of life in a modern city on the verge of war. But is there really any going back?Published in 1939, Coming Up for Air is the most accomplished of Orwell's early realist novels, casting light on the development of Orwell's distinctive thinking as a cultural critic. The novel explores many of the themes Orwell later reprised in 1984: nostalgia, memory, and disillusionment in the face of modernity's ills, including industrialisation, capitalist exploitation, and endless war.

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EAN

9780192526854

Format

ebook

Author

Orwell, George,MacKay, Marina

Category

Publisher

OUP Oxford

Series

Oxford World's Classics

Language

eng

Imprint

OUP Oxford

Published Date

2021-01-07

Published Country

GB

EAN 9780192526854
Format Ebook
Author Orwell, George,MacKay, Marina
Category
Publisher OUP Oxford
Series Oxford World's Classics
Pages 256
Language eng
Imprint OUP Oxford
Published Date 2021-01-07
Published Country GB

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