A Single Man
I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.”
We all ...more
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 distract him, but awkwardily ends up kissing him, ignoring his homosexuality and pretending more than what George can offer her. Or a college student who spends the night at George's house, giving him a few hou...more
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 inclination to be daring and irreverent came from David Foster Wallace and Stephen King—
If my unruly imagination came from Bill Watterson, and my eye for alienation from Susan Cooper—
If my lust for scale came from ...more
In 186 pages of concentrated, yet langorous, stream-of-consciousness prose Isherwood gets to the heart of what it means to be a middle-aged man, a loner, a fish out of water, an expatriate on several levels -- as a Britisher in a new land, a gay man ...more
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 instances does George notice the omission which makes it meaningless. What is left out of the picture is Jim, lying opposite him at the other end of the couch, also reading; the two of them absorbed in their boo...more
This then makes me think about retired professional athletes, former world-stage politicians, etc. - do they also live out the remainder of their lives reflecting on the halcyon days of yes ...more
This is George after Jim. A middle-aged man caught between daydreams and nightmares, adhering to the conformity of life in the daytime, drowning his sorrows - well knowing that the little devils can swim - in alcohol at night.
Taking exercise, working hard, and allowing himself daydreaming a little once again, cause there MUST be a life after Jim, except there isnt.
How do you cope when your lover is gone, killed in a car crash, a lover you even cant admit the love t ...more
That which has awoken then lies for a while staring up at the ceiling and down into itself until it has recognised I, and therefrom deduced I am, I am now. Here comes next, and is at least negatively reassuring; because here, this morning, is where it had expected to find itself; what’s called at home. But now isn’t simply now. Now is also a cold reminder; one whole day later than yesterday, one year later than last year.
Every now is labelled with its date ...more
I loved George’s morning, and hi ...more
I finished it quickly and highly recommend the Audiobook version. Narration is stunning & adds a lot to it in my opinion!
These are both good stories. But ...more
Masterly writing, capable of taking me in the first pages to the 'place' where George lives. Isherwood's writing is full of the little truths of our everyday lives and his wit and social commentary channelled through George rings true not only for when the time this was written but for now also, after all circumstances change but human interaction remains the same. I ended up highlighting most of the book, so I will not quote. If you want quotes, just read the book.
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"A Single Man" follows George ...more
I’ve been meaning to read A Single Man for quite some time now. I watched the film quite a while ago without realizing that it was based on a novel. I didn’t really remember much from the film before I decided to listen to the audiobook, but I did remember that the film was visually beautiful. I remember the cinematography being aesthetically pleasing and gorgeous, so if anything, I was hoping to get the same sense of beauty out of the audiobook.
I must say that A Single Man was very well written ...more
How do you review a novel that literally terrifies you? I'm not sure I can do it justice but I'll give it a whirl.
For the several hours it took to read this short novel I went through a gamut of emotions. The novel is a day-in-the-life account of George Falconer, an English Professor in 1960's suburban California.
George is grieving the loss of his long term partner and it seems ...more
That's the famous mission statement from Christopher Isherwood, who steadfastly refuses to fix it - to tell you what it's all about. It's intriguing. One finds oneself naked with a younger person. Why has the person become naked? What is the person's goal? This seems unusual. It's all a little bit oblique. It's intriguing but frustrating. Does anyon ...more
Up the coast a few miles north, in a lava reef under the cliffs, there are a lot of rock pools. You can visit them when the tide is out. Each pool is separate and different, and you can, if you are fanciful, give them names, such as George, Charlotte, Kenny, Mrs. Strunk. Just as George and the others are thou...more
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Isherwood was the grandson and heir of a country squire, and his boyhood was privile ...more