A Single Man

A Single Man

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Isherwood's short, poignant novel is a tender and wistful love story

Celebrated as a masterpiece from its first publication, A Single Man is the story of George, an English professor in suburban California left heartbroken after the death of his lover, Jim. With devastating clarity and humour, Isherwood shows George's determination to carry on, evoking the unexpected pleasures of life as well as the soul's ability to triumph over loneliness and alienation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12mm | 127g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099541289
  • 9780099541288
  • 5,849

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A testimony to Isherwood's undiminished brilliance as a novelist
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The best prose writer in English * Gore Vidal * A virtuoso piece of work...courageous...powerful * Sunday Times * His key post-war work. A quarter-century ahead of its time in its portrayal of a quotidian homosexual life, it inspired a generation of gay writers in Britain and the US * Independent * Lyrical and intensely moving * Daily Telegraph * A testimony to Isherwood's undiminished brilliance as a novelist * Anthony Burgess *
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About Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood was born in 1904. He began to write at university and later moved to Berlin, where he gave English lessons to support himself. He witnessed first hand the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi party in Germany and some of his best works, such as Mr. Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin, draw on these experiences. He created the character of Sally Bowles, later made famous as the heroine of the musical Cabaret. Isherwood travelled with W.H Auden to China in the late 1930s before going with him to America in 1939. He died on 4 January 1986.
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Rating details

25,085 ratings
4.1 out of 5 stars
5 39% (9,904)
4 38% (9,467)
3 17% (4,333)
2 4% (1,001)
1 2% (380)

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"A Single Man" is one of those short, exquisitely well-crafted books that you can't help but greedily devour in a single sitting; and yet you dread the thought of finishing it. The prose is poignant and beautiful and the subject matter is dealt subtlety but insightfully. I usually have no qualms with finishing a book and beginning another in the same day, but with this, I need time to digest. I'm scared that whatever book I choose next to read, will ultimately disappoint. I can't recommend it strongly enough.show more
by Troy Alexander
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