Novels to Read When Youâ€™re Broke
A Selection of Great Novels to Read When Youâ€™re Broke
Unless you happen to have a trust fund thatâ€™s paying for your nicely renovated loft, then being broke is something of an occupational hazard when youâ€™re living in a city like NYC. But if, like us, youâ€™re trapped in a constant cycle of wondering exactly how youâ€™re going to meet this monthâ€™s rent, then rejoice â€” you can always look to the world of literature to find someone whoâ€™s worse off than you! In all seriousness, though, there have been some truly magnificent novels written about the penury and deprivation that can arise in allegedly first-world societies, books that are crushingly depressing but also with a lot to teach about the way our world treats those who have less than we do. Here are some of our favorites.
George Orwell â€“ Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Down and Out in Paris and London is the obvious choice here, but at least thereâ€™s a vague modicum of romance in Orwellâ€™s adventures as a plongeur and, um, a tramp. Thereâ€™s no such thing in Keep the Aspidistra Flying, only a dismal inexorability to everything that befalls aspiring poet and main protagonist Gordon Comstock. Even when he manages to get his hands on some cash, he makes a mess of things by drinking it all away â€” and eventually, the result is that either he compromises what he perceives to be his principles by returning to suit-wearing dronedom, or he starves to death. Cheery, eh?
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