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A Single Manby Christopher Isherwood
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.
"[O]ne of the first and best novels of the modern gay liberation movement." Edmund White
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