George Orwell's Coming Up for Air (Harvest Book) PDF

By George Orwell

George Bowling, the hero of this comedian novel, is a middle-aged assurance salesman who lives in a standard English suburban row condominium with a spouse and kids. at some point, after successful a few funds from a chance, he is going again to the village the place he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he recollects from thirty years sooner than. The pool, unluckily, is long gone, the village has replaced past popularity, and the critical occasion of his vacation is an unintended bombing through the RAF.

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She used to drag me by the arm and call me 'Baby', and she had just enough authority over us to prevent us from being run over by dogcarts or chased by bulls, but so far as conversation went we were almost on equal terms. We used to go for long, trailing kind of walks--always, of course, picking and eating things all the way--down the lane past the allotments, across Roper's Meadows, and down to the Mill Farm, where there was a pool with newts and tiny carp in it (Joe and I used to go fishing there when we were a bit older), and back by the Upper Binfield Road so as to pass the sweet-shop that stood on the edge of the town.

Mother Wheeler was a dirty old witch and people suspected her of sucking the bull's-eyes and putting them back in the bottle, though this was never proved. Farther down there was the barber's shop with the advert for Abdulla cigarettes--the one with the Egyptian soldiers on it, and curiously enough they're using the same advert to this day--and the rich boozy smell of bay rum and latakia. Behind the houses you could see the chimneys of the brewery. In the middle of the market-place there was the stone horse-trough, and on top of the water there was always a fine film of dust and chaff.

For a moment I just couldn't believe it. Then I rolled my tongue round it again and had another try. It was FISH! A sausage, a thing calling itself a frankfurter, filled with fish! I got up and walked straight out without touching my coffee. God knows what that might have tasted of. Outside the newsboy shoved the Standard into my face and yelled, 'Legs! 'Orrible revelations! All the winners! Legs! ' I was still rolling the stuff round my tongue, wondering where I could spit it out. I remembered a bit I'd read in the paper somewhere about these food-factories in Germany where everything's made out of something else.

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