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ISBN13: 9780816638628
ISBN10: 0816638624
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Published in 1964, A Single Man was Isherwood's favorite of his nine novels. It's a moving and sincere portrait of one day in the life of George, a gay British man who is an English professor in Southern California, adjusting to life after the sudden death of his partner. Edmund White wrote, "Just as his Prater Violet is the best novel I know about the movies, Isherwood's A Single Man is one of the first and best novels of the modern gay liberation movement."
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When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many by its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in midlife. George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden death of his partner, and determines to persist in the routines of his daily life: the course of A Single Man spans twenty-four hours in an ordinary day. 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. Wry, suddenly manic, constantly funny, surprisingly sad, this novel catches the texture of life itself.

Review:

"[O]ne of the first and best novels of the modern gay liberation movement." Edmund White

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Awfultruth, February 6, 2010 (view all comments by Awfultruth)
A novel of rare, undulating emotion, feeling and humanity. A story so universal that the gay element is almost irrelevant, since it touches on human life in such a deft and incisive way. Isherwood's primary genius is in the way he composes a literary aria of the human condition without sacrificing truth. It is with great joy we read this truth in A Single Man and are humbled by it's crystalline substance. And yet there is a profound delicacy and tenderness in the tone and feel of this underrated literary masterpiece, whilst it at the same time it manages to achieve fusion with the visceral depths of human angst. A book of rare, moving narrative written with extreme skill and conveyed with the master touch of a truly great writer. I cannot wait to see the movie!
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Neil Green-Clancey, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Neil Green-Clancey)
After hearing a review of the movie on NPR, we checked out this book. About 110 pages, the chronicle of a single day in a man's life is absolutely beautiful. Clever, telling, humorous, sad, but ultimately joyous, Christopher Isherwood's prose is unique and fresh. The writing flows quickly, yet the message of George's (protagonist) philosophy is deep and meditative without seeming too dense. By far my favorite read of 2009.
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Elizabeth L, December 17, 2009 (view all comments by Elizabeth L)
This book takes place in a single day of a single man's life, and is best read in one day as well (I would have read it in one sitting if I didn't have a meeting to attend). Though the book is written in third-person narration, it is all filtered through the experiences of George (the single man), whose identity as a British, gay man in a relatively small community is only complicated by the loss of his partner. However, Isherwood is too sophisticated to really make this a novel about sexuality or nationality. Rather, he uses these elements of George's personality as platforms to expose his singularity, one that is affecting and tragic, comical and beautiful, all at once.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780816638628
Author:
Isherwood, Christopher
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Location:
Minneapolis
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle aged men
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
Grief
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
Loss
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
199
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 192 pages University of Minnesota Press - English 9780816638628 Reviews:
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Published in 1964, A Single Man was Isherwood's favorite of his nine novels. It's a moving and sincere portrait of one day in the life of George, a gay British man who is an English professor in Southern California, adjusting to life after the sudden death of his partner. Edmund White wrote, "Just as his Prater Violet is the best novel I know about the movies, Isherwood's A Single Man is one of the first and best novels of the modern gay liberation movement."

"Review" by , "[O]ne of the first and best novels of the modern gay liberation movement."
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