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A Single Man : Vintage Classics - Christopher Isherwood

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A Single Man is an exclusive Vintage Classic that has been made into a film starring Julianne Moore and Colin Firth and directed by Tom Ford.

"The best prose writer in English" Gore Vidal

Celebrated as a masterpiece from its first publication, A Single Man is the story of George Falconer, an English professor in suburban California left heartbroken after the death of his lover Jim. With devastating clarity and humour, Christopher Isherwood shows George’s determination to carry on, evoking the unexpected pleasures of life as well as the soul’s ability to triumph over loneliness and alienation.

About the Author

Christopher Isherwood (1904–1986) was one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. He left Cambridge without graduating, briefly studied medicine and then turned to writing his first novels, All the Conspirators and The Memorial. He spent four years in Berlin writing Mr Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin on which the musical Cabaret was based, and then in 1939 moved to America. He became a US citizen in 1946, where he wrote another five novels including A Single Man, a travel book and a biography of the Indian mystic Ramakrishna. In the 1960s and ‘70s he turned to autobiographical works: Kathleen and Frank, Christopher and His Kind and October, one month of his diary with drawings by Don Bachardy.

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written

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    Comments about A Single Man:

    This book is simply amazing. I recommend it to all. I would describe it as Arthouse and is quite different but very engaging. Really gets you into the mindset of the main character George.

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    Comments about A Single Man:

    Isherwood is a talented author and this work is well written.
    The characters are complex and understandable.
    I would have liked the main character to have a better time of things, but on the whole, I enjoyed the book.

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    "The best prose writer in English" Gore Vidal "A virtuoso piece of work...courageous...powerful" Sunday Times "His key post-war work. A quarter-century ahead of its time in its portrayal of a quotidian homosexual life, it inspired a generation of gay writers in Britain and the US" Independent "Lyrical and intensely moving" Daily Telegraph "A testimony to Isherwood's undiminished brilliance as a novelist" Anthony Burgess

    ISBN: 9780099541288
    ISBN-10: 0099541289
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 152
    Published: 2nd August 2010
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 1.1
    Weight (kg): 0.12
    Edition Number: 1