A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

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Read A Single Man Online Free - 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.

Title : A Single Man
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ISBN : 0816638624
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 pages


Jeffrey rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2016

“A few times in my life I’ve had moments of absolute clarity. When for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. It’s as though it had all just come into existence. I can never make these moments la...

Tfitoby rated it ★★★★★

March 31, 2014

Christopher Isherwood has written a book that makes me hate him. Or maybe I hate myself? The main theme of this book is loss; loss of a lover, loss of youth, loss of identity, loss of direction, it's all there in beautifully phrased observations and it tickled that spot in my mind, the spot where...

Steven rated it ★★★★★

October 01, 2016

Even though there are positive reviews aplenty I still had concerns this would turn out to be an overly melodramatic letdown, but needn't have worried as what we have here is a compressed work of utter brilliance from a vastly undervalued writer who does not waste a single word making the reading...

Julio rated it ★★★★★

August 24, 2015

I aspire. It's listed as being 192 pages long, but I swear it's because the edition I read had fifty words a page with three inch margins an every side. It's so economical it is more or less mind-blowing. If my desire to express whimsy came from Terry Pratchett and P.G. Wodehouse, and my inclinatio...

Evan rated it ★★★★★

May 21, 2016

This book is a truly beautiful thing; a completely exquisite experience. Page after page it spoke to me, as eloquently and profoundly as any book I've ever read. It was sad and funny and wise and observant without ever becoming sentimental or maudlin. In 186 pages of concentrated, yet langorous, s...

Councillor rated it ★★★★☆

March 19, 2017

He pictures the evening he might have spent, snugly at home, fixing the food he has bought, then lying down on the couch beside the bookcase and reading himself slowly sleepy. At first glance, this is an absolutely convincing and charming scene of domestic contentment. Only after a few instance...

Bill rated it ★★★★★

October 30, 2017

This witty, acerbic, elegant little novel should not be confused with the soggy, self-pitying movie of the same name.

Paul rated it ★★★★★

February 05, 2017

An astounding piece of work; a day in the life of novel. The day belongs to George Falconer; an English professor in his 50s (English by nationality as well) teaching in southern California. It is set in the early 1960s. George’s lover Jim has recently died suddenly and he is alone again. The nov...

Luca rated it ★★★☆☆

March 04, 2018

English (A Single Man)/ Italiano George, a middle-aged professor, has an ordinary life, but now he must relate to loneliness because of the untimely passing of his partner. Glimmers of light thanks to few daily joys can be seen in his gray days: a female friend who invites him to dinner to distrac...

Brian rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2013

For astronauts that had returned from walking on the moon, I imagine that the worst part of their experience was having to live out the rest of their lives. Every other event would be "after the moon"; all experiences would be measured by that yardstick; old and new relationships would orbit arou...

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