Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Isherwood's resurrected classic now a feature film takes us to Southern California in the 1960s and into one day in the life of George, a gay, middle-aged English professor, struggling to cope with his young lover's tragic death. Simon Prebble's voice is a perfect conduit for Isherwood's lyricism, and he assumes the role of George so naturally and with such raw feeling that listeners will feel as if they are hearing the words straight from the protagonist himself, so beautifully does Prebble create George's reserve behind which surge tides of grief, rage, and bitter loneliness. A University of Minnesota paperback. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A testimony to Isherwood's undiminished brilliance as a novelist."
--Anthony Burgess Anthony Burgess
"Just as his Prater Violet
is the best novel I know about the movies, Isherwood's A Single Man,
published in 1964, is one of the first and best novels of the modern gay liberation movement."
--Edmund White Edmund White
"An absolutely devastating, unnerving, brilliant book."
--Stephen Spender Stephen Spender
"A lyrical narrative that humanizes [the protagonist], and this is where Prebble's narration shines. His voice captures all of George's loneliness . . . his frustration with his students . . . and his sometimes-awkward interactions with friends, finally culminating in a wonderfully ambiguous ending."
"Simon Prebble's voice is a perfect conduit for Isherwood's lyricism, and he assumes the role of George so naturally and with such raw feeling that listeners will feel as if they are hearing the words straight from the protagonist."
A gay man copes with the death of his partner in Isherwood's classic novel, now a film written and directed by Tom Ford.
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD (1902-1986) lived in Berlin from 1928 to 1933 and immigrated to the United States in 1939. A major figure in 20th-century fiction and the gay rights movement, he wrote more than 20 books including the novels Prater Violet and a series of short stories, Goodbye to Berlin, that inspired the musical Cabaret.SIMON PREBBLE, a British-born performer of considerable talent and experience, has built a successful career that spans the Atlantic. As a stage and television actor he has played in everything from soaps to Shakespeare, but it is as a veteran narrator of some 275 audio book titles that he has made his mark since coming to the U.S. in 1990. Audiofile magazine has named him a “Golden Voice” and in 2004 he was named “Narrator of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He lives with his wife in New York.