Jeane, July 11, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
Is the lucrative return of employment worth the awful tedium of spending your days at something you hate? Gordon Comstock doesn't think so. He turns down decent jobs and good opportunities, because they go against his principles, chooses instead to take a low-paying job and live in squalor because he wants to make a living writing. Problem: he isn't very good at it, and being hungry makes it harder and harder to write. Sticking to his ideals, Gordon repeatedly refuses assistance from friends and family, sinking slowly deeper and deeper into poverty until he has to make a choice to survive. A job he doesn't want? or sticking true to his principles and creeping closer to starvation? This book is terribly depressing if you're an artist, but also full of wit and humor. Satire at its best.
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