A Single Man

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Single Man
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.

Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2001
Edition: 1st University of Minnesota Press ed
ISBN: 0816638624
Branch Call Number: FIC I
Characteristics: 186 p. ; 21 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

May 01, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"One of the first and best novels of the modern gay liberation movement."-Edmund White
I'd seen the very stylish and very slow (sorry, I feel asleep just thinking about it) Tom Ford film of the book and have read a few other books by Christopher Isherwood, best known for his stories that inspired "Cabaret." "A Single Man" will be familiar to viewers of the film, although Isherwood makes it clear that his protagonist does not look like the dapper Colin Firth. It's a simple novel, elegantly written, but it is also curiously distant and the ending just made me shrug.

Jun 22, 2012
  • 28thbather rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A beautiful little book.

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.

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.

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.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Find it at NYPL


Other Formats

Buy It Now

Support your library, keep it forever!

View Purchase Options Learn more about this program

Your Cart

Hello! We noticed you have the following items in your cart right now:

If you'd still like to purchase the items you have in your cart, you can do that now.

You'll be able to purchase your eBook after you have checked out your current cart.

To continue with your eBook purchase immediately, you can clear your cart by clicking below.

All items will be removed from your cart.

I'd like to keep browsing! I'll decide later.

Explore Further

Browse the Shelf

Subject Headings