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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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Paula
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
review to come later. so far, I have nothing but good things to say.
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Recently, I decided to investigate some 'other' writing by George Orwell in addition to the more well-known novels of his, Animal Farm and 1984. After a search at my local library, this volume of three novels is what I found. The volume, from "Everyman's Library," has an introduction by John Carey, a timeline of Orwell's life, and appendices. These are all helpful in appreciating the three stories, n
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Sharon Barrow Wilfong
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While I found Coming Up for Air interesting and also rather funny, I did not enjoy it as much as Keep the Apisdistra Flying and Burmese Days.

Possibly because, unlike the other two, this book was written from a first person view point rather than third person as the other two were.

Not that first person narration can't be successful, but Orwell's strength seems to lie in describing the inner thoughts of the protagonist by a third person narrator.

Also, there is no real story line or character devel
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latner3
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"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.
Henry Vogt
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
While I least enjoyed Coming up for Air, I think I will reread all three of these novels. I'm struck how with almost all three of theses novels, while slow burns, suddenly seem to really click right as they neared their end.
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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Chris Chinchilla
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it

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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Alexander Curran
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“The interesting thing about the New Albion was that it was so
completely modern in spirit. There was hardly a soul in the firm
who was not perfectly well aware that publicity - advertising - is
the dirtiest ramp that capitalism has yet produced. In the red
lead firm there had still lingered certain notions of commercial
honour and usefulness. But such things would have been laughed at
in the New Albion. Most of the employees were the hard-boiled,
Americanized, go-getting type to whom nothing in
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Bob
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Craig
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
(Rating only for Burmese Days ***** and Keep The... *** so far)
Mike
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Finished.

Burmese Days - 4/5 stars
Keep The Aspidistra Flying - 3/5 stars
Coming Up For Air - 4/5
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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 police officer with the Indian Imperial
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