Keep the Aspidistra Flying

George Orwell

Richard Brown (Narrator)

12-20-11

9hrs 23min

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Unabridged

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Fiction/Classics

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12-20-11

9hrs 23min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Classics

Description

“Gritty, growling, commonsensical and touching.  [Orwell] never wrote a basically kinder or more human novel.” Time

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Gordon Comstock is a poor young man who works by day in a grubby London bookstore and spends his evenings shivering in a rented room, trying to write. Gordon has published a slim volume of verse and is determined to keep free of the “money world” of safe, lucrative jobs, marriage, and family responsibilities. This world, to Gordon, spells the end of art and aspidistra, the homely, indestructible house plant that stands in every middle-class British window.

Gordon’s sweetheart, Rosemary, understands him: she is patient with his pride and lack of funds. But then, as it happens with all lovers, events overtake them.

Orwell’s picture of the “money world,” as Gordon sees it, is in his best satirical vein.

Praise

“Gritty, growling, commonsensical and touching.  [Orwell] never wrote a basically kinder or more human novel.” Time

 “A remarkable novel...A summa of all the criticisms of a commercial civilization that have ever been made.” Lionel Trilling

“A delightful addition to the Orwell literature…A work Orwell enthusiasts will bracket with Down and Out in Paris and London.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Richard Brown reads in a clear voice and effectively captures the rhythms of the text.” Library Journal

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Language English
Release Day Dec 19, 2011
Release Date December 20, 2011
Release Date Machine 1324339200
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Classics, Literature & Fiction, Classics, Classics, Evergreen Classics, Evergreen Classics
Author Bio
George Orwell

George Orwell (1903–1950), the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, was an English novelist, essayist, and critic. He was born in India and educated at Eton. After service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living by writing and became notable for his simplicity of style and his journalistic or documentary approach to fiction.

Narrator Bio
Richard Brown

Richard Brown (1937–2005) (a.k.a. Joseph Porter), was a former ballet dancer, actor, and popular audiobook narrator. Born in England, Richard came to the United States early in his career and performed with numerous regional ballet companies. After retiring from the ballet, he pursued a career in acting and recorded dozens of audiobooks for numerous publishers.

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A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 49 Underrated Books You Really Need to Read

Gordon Comstock is a poor young man who works by day in a grubby London bookstore and spends his evenings shivering in a rented room, trying to write. Gordon has published a slim volume of verse and is determined to keep free of the “money world” of safe, lucrative jobs, marriage, and family responsibilities. This world, to Gordon, spells the end of art and aspidistra, the homely, indestructible house plant that stands in every middle-class British window.

Gordon’s sweetheart, Rosemary, understands him: she is patient with his pride and lack of funds. But then, as it happens with all lovers, events overtake them.

Orwell’s picture of the “money world,” as Gordon sees it, is in his best satirical vein.

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