When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many with 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 24 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.
©1992 Don Bachardy; (P)2009 HighBridge Company
"A testimony to Isherwood's undiminished brilliance as a novelist." (Anthony Burgess)
This novella is very well written. It takes place in a short time period and the writing is tight. The narrator is so skilled that he almost disappears as you enter the story. The emotions feel real and honest throughout. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Can't imagine it being as good as the novella.
A Contempletive and Poetic novel. The novel is mostly the internal voice of an elderly man whose lover has recently passed away. It is the story of an outsider--a gay British man living in California, teaching college classes. He no longer "fits in" to his neighborhood which has changed around him. He feels alienated where he is, but belongs nowhere else. He is resentful of or disgusted by the heterosexuals breeding all around him and has several erotic fantasies, which might make some readers uncomfortable. This is not an action novel--very little happens, but it has beautiful prose and a distinctive point of view that I hadn't seen before.
I chose this selection after seeing the movie, which I enjoyed very much, and was not disappointed. I enjoyed the audible book as much as I did the movie, and was even moved to get the printed book so I could browse around and re-read parts of it. I will listen to the whole audible book again sometime -- it was such a pleasure. I especially liked the narrator, Simon Prebble -- enough to search for other books narrated by him.
A lover of thrillers and enthralling stories told by dramatic and well read narrators.
Maybe I'm a little too into contemporary fiction, but this book seemed to me to have no plot whatsoever. I know that the book is seen as Isherwood's masterpiece, but I didn't get what was going on. He continually alludes to the main character's feelings about his partner being dead (which is mentioned once, I believe) but, it just feels contrived and the ramblings of an old man.
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