By Christopher Isherwood
The author's favourite of his personal novels, now again in print!
When A unmarried guy was once initially released, it surprised many via its frank, sympathetic, and relocating portrayal of a homosexual guy in midlife. George, the protagonist, is adjusting to lifestyles on his personal after the surprising loss of life of his associate, and determines to persist within the workouts of his way of life; the process A unmarried guy spans twenty-four hours in a standard day. An Englishman and a professor residing in suburban Southern California, he's an interloper in each means, and his inner reflections and interactions with others display a guy who loves being alive regardless of daily injustices and loneliness. Wry, without warning manic, consistently humorous, strangely unhappy, this novel catches the feel of lifestyles itself.
"A testimony to Isherwood's undiminished brilliance as a novelist." Anthony Burgess
"An completely devastating, unnerving, fabulous book." Stephen Spender
"Just as his Prater Violet is the easiest novel i do know in regards to the video clips, Isherwood's A unmarried guy, released in 1964, is without doubt one of the first and most sensible novels of the fashionable homosexual liberation movement." Edmund White
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