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Coming up for Air

(1939)
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COMING UP FOR AIR is about coping. Orwell hooks a character from among the struggling middle class and, close-up, lets us watch him wiggle. George (Tubby) Bowling is a "fat, middle-aged bloke with false teeth and a red face." He sells insurance, a task at which he grimly excels. The father of two ingrates and husband to a slattern, he dutifully makes mortgage payments on their dreary home. As the years roll by, he comes to feel like a hostage to his family. He regards them as wardens, himself a prisoner.

Bowling is a splendid example of Thoreau's observation that "most men lead lives of quiet desperation."

Genre: Literary Fiction

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January 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Coming Up For Air
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-60512-063-4 / 978-1-60512-063-8 (USA edition)
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July 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Coming Up For Air
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-4218-0831-5 / 978-1-4218-0831-4 (USA edition)
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July 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: Coming Up For Air (The Complete Works of George Orwell)
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-436-23127-1 / 978-0-436-23127-8 (UK edition)
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March 1987 : UK Hardback
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Title: Coming Up for Air (The Complete works of George Orwell)
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-436-35029-7 / 978-0-436-35029-0 (UK edition)
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December 1948 : UK Hardback
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Title: Coming Up for Air
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-436-35002-5 / 978-0-436-35002-3 (UK edition)
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August 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Coming Up For Air
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-78730-106-0 / 978-1-78730-106-1 (UK edition)
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September 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Coming Up for Air
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-4792-5854-7 / 978-1-4792-5854-3 (USA edition)
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September 2009 : USA Paperback

Title: Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (World Cultural Heritage Library)
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-4387-8803-7 / 978-1-4387-8803-6 (USA edition)
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January 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Coming Up For Air
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-60512-163-0 / 978-1-60512-163-5 (USA edition)
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September 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Coming Up For Air
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-59540-431-7 / 978-1-59540-431-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: 1st World Library - Literary Society
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January 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Coming Up for Air (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-14-118569-4 / 978-0-14-118569-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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August 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: Coming up For Air (Twentieth Century Classics S.)
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-14-018228-4 / 978-0-14-018228-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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January 1962 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Coming up For Air
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-14-001697-x / 978-0-14-001697-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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October 1969 : USA Paperback
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Title: Coming Up for Air
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-15-619625-5 / 978-0-15-619625-3 (USA edition)
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November 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Coming Up for Air
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-982614-58-7 / 978-1-982614-58-4
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August 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Coming Up for Air
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-72130-773-7 / 978-1-72130-773-9
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January 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Coming up for Air
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December 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Coming Up for Air (Library Edition)
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-4551-2075-8 / 978-1-4551-2075-8 (USA edition)
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December 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Coming Up for Air
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-4551-2077-4 / 978-1-4551-2077-2 (USA edition)
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June 1990 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Coming Up for Air (Library Edition)
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-7861-0269-1 / 978-0-7861-0269-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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November 1981 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Coming Up For Air
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-7366-0566-5 / 978-0-7366-0566-3 (USA edition)
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May 2019 : Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Coming Up For Air: A Novel
Author(s): George Orwell
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Title: Coming up for Air
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October 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Coming up for Air (Classics To Go)
Author(s): George Orwell
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June 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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October 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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