A Single Man, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


In this brilliantly perceptive novel, a middle aged professor living in California, is alienated from his students by differences in age and nationality, and from the rest of society by his homosexuality.

Isherwood explores the depths of the human soul and its ability to triumph over loneliness, alienation and loss.


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After reading a string of novels with ‘page turning’ plots, it was a pleasure to ponder the inner most thoughts of George, a university lecturer dealing with the death of his partner. Isherwood expertly gives us access to George’s feelings and observations and I was able to experience what that sense of loss must be like – the solitude and disconnectedness from the world around you. I was also fascinated to read a novel written in the 1964, experiencing what are now historical events as contemporary happenings. It seems to heighten the themes of past, present and future.

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"Now a major motion picture" the cover of this edition proclaims and, this being one of the few times when I've seen the film before I've read the book, it was naturally narrated in my head by Colin Firth. The film was beautiful, but I loved the novel even more. It's very intimate, sad in places, of course, but at other points it is simply joyous - giddy with happiness - and very funny.<br/><br/>"just plain happiness - das Glueck, le bonheur, la felicidad - they have given it all three genders but one has to admit, however grudgingly, that the Spanish are right, it is usually feminine, that's to say, woman-created." How could a linguist not love a passage like that?<br/><br/>I've rented the movie and borrowed the book from the library, but I'm going to have to go shopping and buy a copy of the book (if not both). I'm going to want to revisit George again.

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