Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

The novel is a social critique of 1930s London, focusing on a man who rebels against the money-dominated society by quitting his job as a copywriter to pursue poetry. He deliberately lives in poverty, rejecting the societal norms of success and material wealth. His rebellion is challenged when he falls in love and must decide between his personal ideals and societal expectations. The narrative explores themes of poverty, ambition, and the struggle between integrity and compromise.

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