il mio primo libro letto (su consiglio di Andrea G. Pinketts) in formato ePub
Objectively speaking, I am not sure that this is really a five-star book. But it certainly has affected me like one, hence my 'grade'. I have read it compulsively because despite being for many aspects so far away in time and setting (the book solidly mirrors and describes the social context of the Thirties in England), to me it felt so 'true', that it was almost too real.
The thing is that the book deals with things that have started to trouble me personally now that I am settling in, that I have just started my first proper job, and that the 'rest of my life' has begun.
Despite his harshness and stubborness, in Gordon Cormistock, the protagonist, I have traced my own concerns, my own disillusionment and disappointment. In him I have found my fears and temptations, and the dangers of coalescing with the pressures that society, family and friends exert on us. The dilemma that so many of us are faced with at some crucial point in our lives: should I follow my dream, or should I opt for normality, safety, a 'good job'? But also, more subtly (because Orwell's novel is not as black-and-white as that): isn't the first option another form of betrayal towards ourselves, towards the dreamers that we used to be? Because maybe it's all about understanding that you can't win, and that to grow up is to accept this deepest form of disillusionment.
The novel itself is extremely well-observed, precise, honest. I respect George Orwell even more, after reading it.
A second-hand bookshop in the 1920's and Gordon works for £4 a week. He's given up a good job, and given up on money. Orwell is a master of detail: Gordon gets mad about the poster opposite the shop; a toffy-nosed highbrow lady raves about the classical authors; a silent, nervous browser only stays ten minutes in the shop because he thinks he's been in there too long. Orwell portrays in a lively manner the world of the time.
Gordon rents a room - an awful room - he has an awful landlady - he's controlled by awful rules about meals, and tea-making in his room. The pictures are beautifully drawn by Orwell on a wonderfully literary canvas.
Orwell maintains the tension of whether or not Gordon will eventually succumb to the temptation to accept a loan of money, borrow from a rich Socialist friend, or go back to his old 'good' job. After a while things deteriorate but his girl friend has stood by him all the time ... You'll have to read it to find out what happens.
This is a great story with wonderfully detailed characters throughout. And the Aspidistra? Ah!...Continua