Coming Up for Air

Coming Up for Air

George Bowling, the hero of this comic novel, is a middle-aged insurance salesman who lives in an average English suburban row house with a wife and two children. One day, after winning some money from a bet, he goes back to the village where he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he remembers from thirty years before. The pool, alas, is gone, the village has changed beyon George Bowling, the hero of this comic novel, is a middle-aged insurance salesman who lives in an average English suburba...

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Title:Coming Up for Air
Author:George Orwell
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Coming Up for Air
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:278 pages pages

Coming Up for Air Reviews

  • Lorenzo Berardi
    Jul 24, 2011
    This is my fifth Orwell and the one I liked the most, so far. I reckon how I should reread (and in English at this time) both "1984" and "Animal Farm" before putting "Coming Up for Air" on top, but at the moment it stands there. So why have I liked this novel so much? Oh, there...
  • Meaghan
    Sep 28, 2007
    When I first had a look at this, I wondered if it was really by the same George Orwell. It certainly didn't seem to be anything like 1984 or Animal Farm. But it was indeed he. I spent most of the book wondering if anything was actually going to happen in this story. And nothing really ...
  • Kevin
    Dec 03, 2017
    Coming Up for Air was written whilst Orwell was convalescing in Morocco in 1938, which would be a year after he returned from Spain in 1937, due to his tuberculosis which would hinder him until his death in 1950 (his convalescence didn't have much success apparently). Whilst not his mo...
  • MJ Nicholls
    Apr 02, 2013
    Released in 1939, Coming Up for Air is perhaps the final kiss-of-death to pre-war life in miserable old England, and the first ready-for-war book to soberly embrace the next six agonising years. The protagonist George is a First World War veteran whose life has settled into the predete...
  • Rowena
    Dec 23, 2011
    Loved it, just loved it. Orwell is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Love his humour, wit and sarcasm. Lovely story about nostalgia which I would definitely read again. ...
  • Shaimaa Ali
    Mar 09, 2014
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  • Kim
    Jun 12, 2014
    George Orwell had a way of grabbing the reader?s attention with opening sentences. The first sentence of 1984, for example, has stuck in my mind since I first read the novel over forty years ago: ?It was a bright day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.? The first s...
  • Paul
    Apr 25, 2015
    One of Orwell?s less well known novels; it is a rather bleak comic novel written and set in 1938/1939. It is a well written novel about nostalgia, the lower middle classes, relationships between men and women and middle age. Orwell is primarily a political writer and as he said himse...
  • Greg
    Mar 18, 2014
    Coming Up For Air is written in the first person as George Bowling, although George Orwell doesn't take long to break out in the first 30 pages with his own social critique on housing estates 'rackets' & developers etc. It took me a while to warm to George Bowling's 'voice' as the...
  • Edward
    Nov 19, 2013
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  • Vinny
    Oct 12, 2011
    This book is amazing. I rarely connect on multiply levels with characters in books, but I have a huge connection with Tubby Bowling. I see myself in him, or I should say I could see my life going down his path, because he is disappointed with his life and where is at. He had a lot of b...
  • Gabrielle
    Nov 12, 2017
    I didn?t really know what to expect when I picked up ?Coming Up for Air?. I knew it wouldn?t be the scathing allegory that is ?Animal Farm? and I knew it wouldn?t be the terrifying dystopia of ?1984?. I wasn?t sure what Orwell would do with the story of a middle-age...
  • Lina AL Ojaili
    Mar 14, 2013
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  • Nigeyb
    Jun 29, 2012
    My preoccupation with British literature set in the immediate pre-WW2 era and in, or around, London continues. I recently read Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton and that kickstarted a whole fascination with English literature set in or around London c1939. In addition to Hangover Squ...
  • Sawsan
    Mar 01, 2016
    ????" ????? ?????? ????? ??? 1969 ?????? ???? ?????? Coming up for air ???? ??????? ?????? ?????? ??? ????? ????? ??????? ???????? ?? ????? ??? ?? ????? ????? ???? ?...
  • huzeyfe
    Jun 24, 2017
    Nereden ve nas?l ba?lasam bilemiyorum. Öncelikle tek sözcükle özetleyeyim de. Mükemmel! Gerçekten mükemmel bir kitapt?. Hayvan Çiftli?i ve 1984 ile tan?nan George Orwell'in bence ilk okunmas? gereken eseri. Çünkü zekas?n?, sözcüklerle oynama becerisini ve muhte?em...
  • Loretta
    Apr 20, 2018
    I usually don't like books written in first person but sometimes authors who write that way do grab my attention and it's an enjoyable read. Sadly this book didn't grab my attention. Humorous to a degree and that's why I rated the book three ???'s. I usually don't like books ...
  • Lily
    Apr 28, 2017
    Well now, this is what I call an interesting book. Orwell is one of my favorite authors. I think pretty much everything he wrote is worth reading but there is so much complexity to this novel. The first thing I thought was the fact that you could see 1984 & Animal Farm coming readi...
  • Darwin8u
    Jul 08, 2012
    ?That's the way we're going nowadays. Everything slick and streamlined, everything made out of something else.? ? George Orwell, Coming Up for Air A novel that explores the pastoral life and experiences of youth in Edwardian England before the First World War as a memor...
  • Alice Poon
    Aug 07, 2017
    As with Orwell?s other books, I loved his endearing trademark of dry wit and humor in his powerful storytelling. This novel would probably resonate with anyone who has ever experienced an urge for an escapist indulgence. I would have given this book five stars had it not been for the...
  • Esma Tezgi
    Sep 30, 2017
    Orwell sen ne muhte?em bir yazars?n! Kitab?n daha ilk sayfalar?nda bu cümleyi kurduyor Orwell, en ünlü eserleri 1984 ve Hayvan Çiftli?i olsa da (ki onlar? çok severim), geri planda kalan eserleri de onlar kadar iyiymi? bu kitapla bunu daha iyi anlad?m. Kitab? okudukça s...
  • Metin Yılmaz
    Nov 15, 2015
    Çocukluk, aile, sava?, kasaba, ya?l?l?k, hayat ve ölüm. Dümdüz bloklar? olan bir kitap. Konu?ma belki yok denecek kadar az. Ama buna ra?men bu kadar sürükleyici olmas? ve elden b?rakamadan okunmas? yazar?n ve çevirmenin yetene?i elbette. Çok be?endim üzerine yaza...
  • Araz Goran
    Jul 15, 2018
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  • Eve Kay
    Jul 08, 2017
    "The past is a curious thing. It's with you all the time. I suppose an hour never passes without your thinking of things that happened ten or twenty years ago, and yet most of the time it's got no reality --" In very short the story is about a man who leads a very ordinary, quite du...
  • Aslı
    Dec 07, 2016
    Çocukluktan gençli?e ad?m atarken hayatlar? de?i?tiren o sava?? görmü? olan bir adam. Tabi onun içinde her ?ey de?i?iyor. Sava? bitiyor fiilen. Ama insanlar?n içindeki sava? bitmiyor. George'un içindeki sava? bitmiyor. Hatta içini bitiriyor üstüne. Hayatta bir ...
  • Ebru
    Sep 07, 2016
    Kitaptan notlar : - Ev i?leri için tutulan bir kad?n ona göre mutlaka pisli?i dolap alt?na süpürür. - Her ?eye vakit vard?r ama yapmaya de?er ?eyler hariç. Sahiden önemsedi?iniz bir ?eyi dü?ünün. Sonra sadece ona harcad???n?z zaman? saat saat toplay?n ve ha...
  • Mahdi Lotfi
    Apr 02, 2017
    ???? ????? ?? ??? ???? ?? ????? ?????? ???????? ???????? ????? ? ???????? ??? ?? ?? ???? ?????. ?? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???????? ?????? ? ???? ?????? ????. ?? ?????...
  • Sara Zovko
    May 27, 2017
    Ne?to druga?iji Orwell, ali jednako pronicljiv i britak. Ovo je sentimentalna knjiga o odrastanju, puna slika iz djetinjstva koje je odavno pro?lo i vi?e se ne?e i ne mo?e vratiti. Glavni je lik prosje?an mu?karac, sa svojih 45 godina ima prosje?an posao, vi?ak kilograma, ?...
  • Ä°ntellecta
    Feb 07, 2018
    I`ve read the book ?Coming Up for Air? written by George Orwell. He was a British author who`s native born name is Eric Arthur Blair. He lived from (*1903 to ? 1950). Orwell`s book is a tragedy which is combined with a lot of humour. It`s not only based on the historical events o...
  • Firdevs
    Feb 11, 2018
    Orwell'in mizah anlay???na ve insanlar? ele?tirme tarz?na hayran kalmamak imkans?z! "Hepimizi sat?n alm??lar, hem de kendi param?zla." sayfa 21 ...