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A Single Man

Fiction: GLBT
Unabridged   4.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 12/22/2009

A Single Man

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Audio CD ISBN:9781615730582
Digital Download ISBN:9781615730599


A gay man copes with the death of his partner in Isherwood’s classic novel, now a film written and directed by Tom Ford.
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Product Description

When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many by its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in midlife. George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden death of his partner, and determines to persist in the routines of his daily life; the course of A Single Man spans twenty-four hours in an ordinary day. An Englishman and a professor living in suburban Southern California, he is an outsider in every way, and his internal reflections and interactions with others reveal a man who loves being alive despite everyday injustices and loneliness.

Wry, suddenly manic, constantly funny, surprisingly sad, this novel catches the texture of life itself.

Visit the University of Minnesota Press, print edition publisher, site.

Soon to be a major motion picture. View the movie trailer.


“A lyrical narrative that humanizes [the protagonist], and this is where Prebble’s narration shines. His voice captures all of George’s loneliness . . . his frustration with his students . . . and his sometimes-awkward interactions with friends, finally culminating in a wonderfully ambiguous ending.”

“Simon Prebble’s voice is a perfect conduit for Isherwood’s lyricism, and he assumes the role of George so naturally and with such raw feeling that listeners will feel as if they are hearing the words straight from the protagonist.”
      —Publishers Weekly

“A testimony to Isherwood’s undiminished brilliance as a novelist.”
      —Anthony Burgess

“An absolutely devastating, unnerving, brilliant book.”
      —Stephen Spender

“Just as his Prater Violet is the best novel I know about the movies, Isherwood’s A Single Man, published in 1964, is one of the first and best novels of the modern gay liberation movement.”
      —Edmund White

Author Bio

CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD(1902-1986) lived in Berlin from 1928 to 1933 and immigrated to the United States in 1939. A major figure in 20th-century fiction and the gay rights movement, he wrote more than 20 books including the novels Prater Violet and a series of short stories, Goodbye to Berlin, that inspired the musical Cabaret.

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