A Single Man

A Single Man

by Christopher Isherwood

"When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many by its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in midlife.

An Englishman and a professor living in suburban Southern California, he is an outsider in every way, and his internal reflections and interactions with others reveal a man who loves being alive despite everyday injustices and loneliness.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 4.10
  • Pages: 192
  • Publish Date: March 20th 2001 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
  • Isbn10: 0816638624
  • Isbn13: 9780816638628

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A few times in my life Ive had moments of absolute clarity. I have lived my life on these moments. We all make plans, even sometimes we have moments when the future becomes crystal clear and we can feel brief contentment in the present. He was the Jim of the past, the present, and the future. Sometimes he sneaks past the public persona and says exactly what he feels. Do you think it makes people nasty to be loved? It is only when he is teaching at the local college that sometimes the discussion will trip the right buttons and the real George rippling with a chainmail of indignation will throw his voice up at the universe. George smiles to himself, with entire self-satisfaction. George has moments when the two personas rally together and optimism that is hard to deny comes bubbling to the surface giving him surge of hope that there is time to still formulate a new future. These books have not made George nobler or better or more truly wise. George still notices the beautiful youths walking around his campus. Sometimes we do mean it, but sometimes the bruised soul within says something quite different from the version of ourselves we present to the world. Click the link My Review of Mr. Norris Changes Trains If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.com I also have a Facebook blogger page at:https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKeeten

Spiragli di luce dati da piccole gioie quotidiane si intravedono nelle sue giornate grigie: un amica che lo invita a cena e lo distrae, ma goffamente finisce per baciarlo ignorando la sua omosessualità e pretendendo più di quello che George può offrirle. Ammetto che non conoscevo Christopher Isherwood.

Christopher Isherwood has written a book that makes me hate him. Isherwood's novel demonstrates how repressed my fears are, and so does my natural reaction of making a silly joke about my hair. I didn't really want to discuss the fact that Christopher Isherwood was a gay man and that his protagonist is a gay man but it seems that a lot of people can't get past that fact.

An astounding piece of work; a day in the life of novel. This doesnt have the grandiosity of Joyce; it is much more straightforward and focuses living each day because of lifes brevity. The novel is about loss, but it is also about being an outsider (in this case gay, a foreigner, middle-aged, alone); most of all it is about being human and we share Georges day, his hopes and fears.

A single man, during which his life and all that it means and all it has come to spreads open for you like a night bloom, a secret between you and the moon, to look upon it and see what's inside. (view spoiler)As is the film by former chief designer of house Gucci, Tom Ford. (hide spoiler)

In 186 pages of concentrated, yet langorous, stream-of-consciousness prose Isherwood gets to the heart of what it means to be a middle-aged man, a loner, a fish out of water, an expatriate on several levels -- as a Britisher in a new land, a gay man in mid-century America, a man who thinks of himself as an outsider and a social animal at the same time; as a human, temporarily privileged to be in the land of the living. It proceeds through memories of his life, and the recent death of his partner, Jim. It takes us through his day, teaching his seemingly oblivious young charges and privileges us with his sly, wry and oddly generous observations on American social mores, customs and materialism of the 1950s-early 1960s. Despite the tinge of sadness throughout, the book is often wickedly funny, and always full of magnificent insight.

What is left out of the picture is Jim, lying opposite him at the other end of the couch, also reading; the two of them absorbed in their books yet so completely aware of each other's presence. Christopher Isherwood's "A Single Man" is a relatable and convincing study of the loss of a beloved person in your life and the aftereffects of dealing with the empty void left behind. Exploring the theme of homosexuality, Isherwood never ponders about the usual subjects authors can write about when developing gay or lesbian characters: George's relationship with Jim and the other men in his life is depicted as something entirely normal, which is exactly the way it should be done. When I first started reading the book a short time after watching the movie starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, I was thrown back by the writing. Between the most notable parts of the text, Isherwood likes to ramble on and on about the daily life of our protagonist, and as important as it may be for setting the mood, I personally found it difficult to keep my attention on the prose.

For astronauts that had returned from walking on the moon, I imagine that the worst part of their experience was having to live out the rest of their lives. Here's the genius of this book: Isherwood writes a fantastic story that reminds the reader that if we live long enough, we will all have an "after-the-moon" chapter in our life.

In 1925, Isherwood was asked to leave Cambridge University after writing joke answers on his second-year exams. Neddermeyer was refused entry to England on his second visit in 1934, and the pair moved restlessly about Europe until they were finally separated when Neddermeyer was arrested by the Gestapo in May 1937. They returned to England and Isherwood went on to Hollywood to look for movie-writing work. He decided not to take monastic vows, but he remained a Hindu for the rest of his life, serving, praying, and lecturing in the temple every week and writing a biography, Ramakrishna and His Disciples (1965). Isherwood wrote another novel, A Meeting by the River (1967), about two brothers, but he gave up writing fiction and turned entirely to autobiography. In Christopher and His Kind (1976), he returned to the 1930s to tell, as a publicly avowed homosexual, the real story of his life in Berlin and his wanderings with Heinz Neddermeyer.