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A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
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Nov 22, 2010

it was amazing

A very moving and funny little novel, about a day in the life of George, an ex-pat British teacher at a California college in the early 1960s. A treat to read and ponder. I kept being reminded of Joyce's ULYSSES as I read, and kept shaking it off as the two novels couldn't be more dissimilar, but near the end of Isherwood's novel the parallel seems pretty well hammered home when Isherwood uses a device lifted directly from Joyce's novel.

I'd read this years ago, when I was far too young to appreciate it or even really understand it, but it stayed with me. Tom Ford's atrocious film made me want to read it again, after my blood pressure had returned to normal and I could find a copy of the book that didn't advertise that revolting film on the cover.

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message 1: by Phillip (new)

Phillip i've got to check this out - tried to read isherwood's berlin stories in the early 80's and couldn't get into it - i want to give him another try.

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