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Burmese Days, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Coming Up for Air

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For the first time in one hardcover volume—three classic novels by the author of Nineteen Eighty- Four and Animal Farm.

The lushly descriptive and tragic Burmese Days, a devastating indictment of British colonial rule, is based on Orwell’s own experience while serving in the Indian Imperial Police. His beloved satirical classic, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, features a young
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Hardcover, 677 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Everyman's Library (first published March 1st 2011)
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Neil Latner

"Sharply the menacing wind sweeps over
The bending poplars,newly bare,
And the dark ribbons of the chimneys
Vere downward,flicked by whips of air."

Three great novels written by one of the greatest writers.
Chris

For the first time in one hardcover volume—three classic novels by the author of Nineteen Eighty- Four and *Animal Farm.

The lushly descriptive and tragic Burmese Days, a devastating indictment of British colonial rule, is based on Orwell’s own experience while serving in the Indian Imperial Police. His beloved satirical classic, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, features a young idealist whose attempt to rebel against middle-class respectability—by working in a bookshop and trying to be a writer—go

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Mad Russian the Traveller
This book is a three novel collection of (to some) the lesser known novels of Orwell.

Burmese Days:

I found "Burmese Days" interesting for the attitude of the English, in the last part of their Empire phase, toward their subject peoples. If the reality in history was as bad as the characters portrayed in the novel, George was right to criticize and show us this, warts and all.

I liked the story for the poignant account of the protagonist's loneliness and desire for soul-mate companionship that he
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Bob
I had already read Burmese DaysBurmese Days and Keep the Aspidistra FlyingKeep the Aspidistra Flying. This edition. was the most convenient way to read Coming Up for Air, by far the best book of the three. The plot is simple: a man sneaks away from his wife, family and job to return to where he grew up. The literary weakness of this novel is also straightforward: the narrator is supposed to be a non-elite-educated, overweight, duplicitous, adulterous insurance salesman, which is an ill-fitting m ...more
Ian
I only knew Orwell from Animal Farm and 1984 as I expect many readers will. This volume has 3 of his less well novels and shows a different side to the author. There's much humour and wit in these novellas set in 1930's - maybe despite the depression, Orwell's realised that Britain and the British aren't so bad when compared to the growing Nazi threat.
Mike
Finished.

Burmese Days - 4/5 stars
Keep The Aspidistra Flying - 3/5 stars
Coming Up For Air - 4/5
Craig
(Rating only for Burmese Days, so far)
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Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.

In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a a police officer with the Indian Imperia
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