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text 2017-07-23 03:38
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A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood

July 23rd:


Ongoing Free Friday read: Angels in America


Bank account: $199

Dice roll:



4 6

Timestamp: 2017-07-23 01:04:38 UTC


....which takes me to: "Water Works" Sq. 23 - Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event.



I am not sure about whether there is crying in this book, but the chances are that there is, so I am going for Christopher Isherwood's A Single Man. I love the film but never got around to read the book, yet.


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review 2017-01-03 12:20
Jacob's Hands
Jacob's Hands: A Fable - Aldous Huxley,Christopher Isherwood,Laura Archera Huxley

Deceivingly simple. Loved it! Simple and at the same time multiple layers that deal with ethical questions, faith, sense of self (and) love. Gorgeous.

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review 2016-08-20 21:12
A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood

Synopsis: 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.




Never before have I identified so much with a character in a book than I did with George, the protagonist and titular character of A Single Man. Reading this book was an extraordinary experience for me because the author said things I've thought, but have never said aloud. It is a story which the inspiration for seems to have come straight from my own head. We all have that experience from time to time, and A Single Man was mine. George is a shy, introspective man. He compartmentalizes. He doesn't reach out, and hates that about himself. This book is a meditation on loneliness and 'outsiders'. 


This is a short book, detailing a day in the life of a lonely, gay college English professor who is still mourning the death of his lover. He's introverted and filled with rage, grief . . . He wants happiness. He wants peace. He wants stability. By the story's end there are hints that he could have that, that there is a possibility for him of moving on . . . but there might not be. This book is cold and honest, which I appreciate. The reader is not cheated.


George is a fascinating character, drawn remarkably by Christopher Isherwood. Written in the early '60s, the topic this novel most deftly covers — homosexuality — was, of course, highly controversial when this was published in 1964 and is still questionable in some corners of the world today. The subject matter is handled with loving care, never coming up short or crossing unnecessary lines. It all feels true.


This is a beautiful, moving, daring, and wholly original work worth reading at least once. I finished it in about four hours, and I was tempted to flip to the beginning and start again. This is a quiet, subdued work that yields many treasures, and is certainly among my very favorite reads of this year.

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text 2016-04-11 13:21
Mam na zbyciu kilka książek:
Diaspora - Michał Jakuszewski,Greg Egan
Samotny mężczyzna - Christopher Isherwood,Jan Zieliński
Sprawa osobista - Kenzaburō Ōe

- Diaspora

- Samotny mężczyzna

- Sprawa osobista

- Słownik japońsko-polski 12 000 haseł


Link do allegro.

Zapraszam. :)


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review 2016-02-01 15:44
Not Colin Firth
A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood

I can't quite decide what to think or say about this book.


The beginning is beautiful and goes almost beat for beat with the film adaptation I watched a few years ago. Except the part where George is Colin Firth, or the other way around. Then, as the day progresses 1960s rears its head and white man-splaining kicks mud in my eyes. It's not the worst I've read, but I've become more sensitive to it as of late.


And I can't quite decide if Isherwood was just bad at writing women or writing a bad woman in this case. He doesn't give me enough reference material within this one book for me to make up my mind.


Then, at the end, everything is beautiful again and I get to imagine Matthew Goode gazing at Colin Firth for no apparent reason.


I liked it, I guess. Just not as much as I thought I would when I saw the film.




P.S. Oh, almost forgot. As this is an audiobook: The narrator fit the character but his voice was distinctive enough that when he was doing voices for the other characters, I could never quite forget that it was him, Simon Prebble, telling a story.

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