A Single Man

Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986 (Paperback - 2001 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Single Man

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After the sudden death of his longtime lover, George must adjust to life on his own as a professor in Southern California in the early 1960s. During the course of an ordinary day, George is haunted by memories as he seeks connections with the world around him--Publisher's description.
Authors: Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986
Statement of Responsibility: Christopher Isherwood
Title: A single man
Publisher: Minneapolis :, University of Minnesota Press,, 2001
Edition: 1st University of Minnesota Press ed
Characteristics: 186 p. ;,21 cm.
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Report This Jun 22, 2012
  • 28thbather rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A beautiful little book.

Report This May 08, 2012
  • deneler rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is the type of book you take the time to read slowly and savour. Delightful prose and intelligent thoughts. I loved looking in on George, getting in his head, and being a part of the uninterrupted flow of of emotions, ideas, and reactions.

Report This Apr 23, 2011
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A rare example of an excellent movie based on, though not a slavish copy of an excellent book. Isherwood's sardonic, yet moving prose recounts the seemingly ordinary day in the life of George, a fussy, world weary, closeted gay English professor secretly grieving the loss of his lover.Blisteringly funny, yet heart-breaking.

Report This Dec 12, 2010
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very rarely does a film entice me to read the novel afterwards, but this one did. It is a short day-in-the-life story about an English professor, George and how he was coping with the loss of his partner. I was amazed with what few details were shared about Jim, I was feeling the loss profoundly right along with him. It was wonderful - the prose was spare and the feelings of sadness and loneliness were powerfully captured. I loved it.

Report This Aug 18, 2010
  • vickiz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Truth be told, I came to this book by way of the movie. I love thoughtfully made movies, but they are not my preferred avenue to discover books ... but sometimes it works out for the better and this is one such case. A Single Man, the mid-1960s short novel by Christopher Isherwood, captures the delicate minutiae of one person's day, along with that person's welling emotions and surprising spirit. George is a literature professor at a college in Southern California, set in the time in which the book was written and published. He is grappling with the sudden death of his longtime lover, Jim. While going about his day and his usual encounters in his neighbourhood and workplace, he is struggling from moment to moment with, well, how to *get* from moment to moment in the face of pervasive grief. I won't spoil either the book or the movie by saying that each interprets differently George's success in this struggle. In both, the end of George's day is both ironic but oddly life affirming. In both, it's entrancing to share the protagonist's 24-hour journey.


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