Keep the Aspidistra Flying

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Keep the Aspidistra Flying is a novel by George Orwell. It was published in 1936 and it was Orwell's third book. It tells the story of a man who does not want to focus on money and tries to live a different life.

Background[change | change source]

Like the character in the book, Orwell spent some time working in a book shop. He used some of these experiences of living in poverty to give him ideas for the book.[1]

George Orwell said afterwards that he did not like this book. He said that it should not be published again until after he had died.[2]

Plot[change | change source]

The main character is a man called Gordon Comstock. He had a well paid job until he gave it up for a part time job in a book shop so he could spend more time writing poetry. He does not have much money and he struggles to pay for the basic things he needs like food and a place to live.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Keep the Aspidistra Flying". The Orwell Prize.
  2. "Defeat into victory". www.newstatesman.com.