Keep the Aspidistra Flying (Popular Penguin)
Author(s): George Orwell
A novel by the author of 1984 about a man determined to reject middle-class values who finds living in noble poverty more difficult than expected.
Gordon Comstock despises the materialism and shallowness of middle-class life--the worship of money, the striving for dull, stuffy respectability. To live up to his ideals, he quits his lucrative position as an advertising copywriter and devotes himself to poetry and other high-minded pursuits.
But low-paid part-time employment and a constant shortage of cash is not exactly conducive to creativity and happiness. The stress even causes him to lash out at his devoted girlfriend, Rosemary, who he suspects of preferring a richer man. This sharply witty novel about the difficulties of idealism and the effects of financial strain is yet another outstanding read from the genius who brought us Animal Farm, Down and Out in Paris and London, and other enduring works.