- Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Mariner Books; Auflage: 1 (19. März 1969)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0156468999
- ISBN-13: 978-0156468992
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,8 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 8 Kundenrezensionen
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London, 1936. Gordon Comstock has declared war on the money god; and Gordon is losing the war. Nearly 30 and "rather moth-eaten already," a poet whose one small book of verse has fallen "flatter than any pancake," Gordon has given up a "good" job and gone to work in a bookshop at half his former salary. Always broke, but too proud to accept charity, he rarely sees his few friends and cannot get the virginal Rosemary to bed because (or so he believes), "If you have no money ... women won't love you." On the windowsill of Gordon's shabby rooming-house room is a sickly but unkillable aspidistra--a plant he abhors as the banner of the sort of "mingy, lower-middle-class decency" he is fleeing in his downward flight. In Keep the Aspidistra Flying, George Orwell has created a darkly compassionate satire to which anyone who has ever been oppressed by the lack of brass, or by the need to make it, will all too easily relate. He etches the ugly insanity of what Gordon calls "the money-world" in unflinching detail, but the satire has a second edge, too, and Gordon himself is scarcely heroic. In the course of his misadventures, we become grindingly aware that his radical solution to the problem of the money-world is no solution at all--that in his desperate reaction against a monstrous system, he has become something of a monster himself. Orwell keeps both of his edges sharp to the very end--a "happy" ending that poses tough questions about just how happy it really is. That the book itself is not sour, but constantly fresh and frequently funny, is the result of Orwell's steady, unsentimental attention to the telling detail; his dry, quiet humor; his fascination with both the follies and the excellences of his characters; and his courageous refusal to embrace the comforts of any easy answer. --Daniel Hintzsche
If 'peerless prose' could apply to one writer alone, I'd accord it to Orwell. * The Guardian *Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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happened to." His battle against the aspidistra and money and making good is existential but he doesn't know this having never read THE STRANGER because it hasn't been
written yet. This narrative of all the things wrong with a consumer/free market/capitalist society between world wars could easily be written now by some starving young writer
in any large city here in the United States of America. Here is a man who realizes early on that "Faith, hope, money --only a saint could have the first two without having
the third." Yet I found myself rooting him on, wanting him to win his battle which is really impossible to do because even if you are on the fringes of a society you are still
inescapably part of it. In this way THE STRANGER is the book with the happy ending despite the declarations on the jacket of KEEP THE ASPIDISTRA FLYING of an "upbeat ending".
Everyone of us knows of (or is) a person who is so creative and so imaginative that they can't get out of the mundane routine they're in. The character Mr. Comstock could stand for any of us- a character who values his humanity too much to use it for his own personal benefit. He fights the eternal fight, and much like punks today, attempts to not sell out.
In the end, this is what makes the ending of the book so unsatisfying- he *does* sell out. One imagines that Mr. Orwell was asked by his publisher to make the story morally suited and palatable to a specific audience- but it comes across as nothing but a complete sell-out. After the build up in the book, and the fight for individual freedom and creativity, Mr. Comstock goes against all logic and becomes what he despises. In the narrative of Mr. Orwell's story, this development seems rather illogical and tacked-on.
The story is a good one; depending on whether you choose to accept the ending as written effects whether the story is a great one... I feel that the story was a great one, if one avoids the latter portions. To each his own.
It tells the story of one man's war against money and the middle-class values and ideals of 1930s London. The "money=bad" message is about as subtle as a brick over the head, and you probably will get tired of the somewhat preachy rantings of the book's anti-hero, Gordon Comstock.
Yet the deptiction of post-WWI London is quite good and can provide some important insight into Orwell's better novels.
As for the "upbeat" ending, it is nothing of the sort. Orwell does not sell out Gordon by leaving him set up in a "good" job, living happily in wedded bliss with his beloved Rosemary. Rather, he turns a conventional denouement (marriage and birth) on its ear. The irony that runs throughout the novel (and which is particularly acute in its ending) makes "Keep the Aspidistra Flying" worth a read, even for those who are not Orwell fans.
Myself, I found Gordon's reconciliation with the money god to be just as depressing as Winston Smith's reconciliation with Big Brother. This book, as god-awful depressing as it may be, is one of George's finest works. People who mistake it for satire have been sublimely duped by the sappy ending. Gordon, like Winston, loses himself and doesn't even realize it. Writers take note: This book is for you.
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