Tag Archives: orwell

Coming Up For Air (1939)

I should have a decent post on this thoughtful book in a bit. For now here is my prelim review:

Just about half way through and I have to say that Coming Up For Air is a contender in the Orwell catalogue. While it isn’t as heavy handed as Nineteen Eighty Four or Animal Farm, nor as visceral as Down and Out in Paris and London; it is a great deal more compelling than Burmese Days. Mostly because Burmese Days tended to characterize the plot and players in rather plain ways. The final act was rather lackluster as well.

The messages Coming Up For Air gives us, really show how little life has changed (comparing Pre/Post WWI with today): war, economics, family, education, class systems, and free will. We’ll see if Orwell can deliver on the engaging set-up.

Orwell does indeed deliver. As a note, immediately following the publication of this title came his two famed works. The three should be generally sold as a set.


Leave a comment

Filed under reading

2011 Books in Review

From the looks of it 2011 was the year I read the rest of the Harry Potter series, a number of science titles, and took to a swath of Hitchens/Sagan/Orwell/Steinbeck (with notable exceptions for Woody Allen and The Hunger Games). This 2011 list doesn’t include the comics and poetry I’ve wasted lovingly enjoyed throughout the year. At any rate, Morrison’s Supergods was thee worst work I read and the best would have to go to Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.

Goodreads bookshelf: 2011


Filed under reading