A Single Man is one of those novels that is seemingly about an ordinary day in an ordinary man’s life. It begins at dawn and follows George throughout another day. However, as I’m sure you have guessed, it’s not really that ordinary. George is dealing with life, after losing the man he loved while still trying to negotiate everyday life.
Isherwood’s writing style is really very good and easy to get used to. You get a wonderful sense of this character, almost as if you’re actually spending this day with him, which is weird seeing as though this a novel where nothing much really happens. It’s much more about emotion and there is a lot to talk about here so this would be perfect for a book club.
So to summarize, the is a subtle tale, that has immense strength and emotion in the writing.
Oh, just quickly also, it’s been made into a lovely film by the designer Tom Ford too.
A Single Blurb:
“Celebrated as a masterpiece from its first publication, A Single Man is the story of George Falconer, an English professor is suburban California left heartbroken after the sudden 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 loss and alienation.”