Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Keep the Aspidistra Flying George Orwell

author I b. 1903 (India) t 1950 (England) First issue l 1936 Publisher IV. Gollancz (London) -Dorspr. title I Keep the Aspidistra Flying

IOrwell was disappointed in this novel. He had to -of his publisher certain changes to make, and also saw weaknesses. Yet it is a powerful and ruthless satirical portrait of literary life. Keep the sanseferia high is a very London novel, typical for the thirties of the -previous century, about the struggle of the unfortunate -Gordon Comstock. He opposes capitalism, because culture would only be accessible to rich and privileged people. Life at that time -was dominated by advertising and the everyday became all-embracing. This indicates a useless existence, a disappearing civilization; an impending doom - a theme that Orwell would further develop in Happend naar luch - hangs above the story. However, Comstock turns out to be just as entangled in his own weak character as he is in the system against which he resists. He refuses to accept that the life of the bourgeoisie, presented as the san¬seferia, is for Comstock the symbol of the “miserable decency of the lower classï deems. Nevertheless, he rejects revolutionary politics as a means to bring about change. With his own efforts to accept poverty by living as a hermit among the poor, he only reduces his guilt. Moreover, the novel continues to moan about Comstock’s ambiguous character and asks us whether we should see his anger and despair as self-pity or as rejecting capitalist exploitation.