A Single Man: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Isherwood makes something breathtakingly beautiful in this account of a man's everyday life after loss. Reading George's sorrow is ultimately comforting, and utterly human.
-- Cody— From Cody M. Staff Picks
To describe this book would take me a lot more thought than just writing a quick blog review. Isherwood's style of writing, imagery, and character development is indescribable. You really feel George's grieving, his anger, and his happiness. It's incredibly relateable in the sense that what George is feeling, you're feeling it for the exact same reasons. If you've seen the movie and decided 'oh, I just don't need to read that,' YOU'RE WRONG! You do need to read this! They are rather different. If you've read this book and haven't seen the movie, YOU'RE ALSO WRONG! The movie is fantastic! Anyway, this entire novel is just a masterpiece. Pick it up and read it.
-- Josh— From Josh H. Staff Picks
Welcome to sunny suburban 1960s Southern California. George is a gay middle-aged English professor, adjusting to solitude after the tragic death of his young partner. He is determined to persist in the routines of his former life. A Single Man follows him over the course of an ordinary twenty-four hours. Behind his British reserve, tides of grief, rage, and loneliness surge—but what is revealed is a man who loves being alive despite all the everyday injustices.
When Christopher Isherwood's A Single Man first appeared, it shocked many with its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in maturity. Isherwood's favorite of his own novels, it now stands as a classic lyric meditation on life as an outsider.
About the Author
Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) was born in Manchester, England. His life in Berlin from 1929 to 1933 inspired The Berlin Stories, which were adapted into a play, a film, and the musical Cabaret. Isherwood immigrated to the United States in 1939. A major figure in twentieth-century fiction and the gay rights movement, he wrote more than twenty books, including the novel A Single Man and his autobiography, Christopher and His Kind.
“An absolutely devastating, unnerving, brilliant book.” —Stephen Spender
“Isherwood's A Single Man, published in 1964, is one of the first and best novels of the modern gay liberation movement.” —Edmund White
“A testimony to Isherwood's undiminished brilliance as a novelist.” —Anthony Burgess