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Coming Up for Air

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Coming Up for Air is a novel by George Orwell, first published in June 1939, shortly before the outbreak of World War II. It combines premonitions of the impending war with images of an idyllic Thames-side Edwardian era childhood. The novel is pessimistic, with its view that speculative builders, commercialism and capitalism are killing the best of rural England, "everything cemented over", and there are great new external threats.
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original title: Coming Up for Air
date of publication: 1939
genre: novel
follows: Homage to Catalonia
followed by: Inside the Whale, Inside the Whale and Other Essays, Animal Farm

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