As the story works itself out Gordon discovers twothings, things we had in common we were really rather average poets and artists, and the answer to all the problems caused by following one s mediocre calling and being permanently broke, was the Man himself, aka Filthy Lucre After all, there is a limit to how much cash you can borrow and still feel yourself an independent soul Also, at least for a man, including Gordon much to his chagrin, it s much harder to get laid if you haven t a bean to your name.
So what did we all do We sold out Are we happy with our decision and our lives, did we even stay as artists Probably most of us look back on our youth, well misspent as artists are wont to do, fondly, but are now solid citizens of society We have morphed into the Man ourselves and don t call it selling out but making a living.
It s not a bad read, amusing in parts, but Gordon is such a tiresome creature and it was all a bit, in a not too distant historical sense, been there, done that, grew up Not Orwell s best book, but still pretty good Rewritten Jan 29, 2017
It s a tiresome book with a bitter, complaining main character with artistic ambitions The snapshot capture of the time and place made it worth reading The most difficult times were the 1800s, when many Victorian homes began to have indoor lighting powered by gas Gas lights produced toxic fumes that induced headache and nausea, blackened ceilings, discolored curtains, corroded metals and left a layer of soot on every flat surface Flowers and most houseplants wilted Only two particularly hardy plants managed to survive the dismal environment of a Victorian home the Kentia palm and the aspidistra These two plants, especially the aspidistra, became a mainstay of every Victorian parlour, drawing room, lobby and upscale ballroom.
Keep the Aspidistra Flying, George OrwellKeep the Aspidistra Flying, first published in 1936, is a socially critical novel by George Orwell It is set in 1930s London The main theme is Gordon Comstock s romantic ambition to defy worship of the money god and status, and the dismal life that results.
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