Celebrated as a masterpiece from its first publication, A Single Man is the story of George Falconer, an English professor in suburban California left heartbroken after the 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 loneliness and alienation.
This novel comes as a pleasant surprise, with lots of WOWs. I get to know this novel because of the film adaptation. The film, however, can be a bit misleading as to what to expect from the book (I'm not saying the film is bad. I like the film
..." version anyway.) While the film focuses on sorrow and loss on the part of George, the novel, on top of that, also spans to the life and time that George lives in, LA in the 60's. He is very good at picturing the subtlety of the common daily life. (And that rings the bell of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, a novel that A Single Man pays a lot tribute to.) Even things such as driving on highway becomes something significant, and George's classroom teaching, a sophisticated political issue, involved with race, gender and class. In a way, this makes Isherwood's novel eerily relevant to our times as these are still the hot issues nowadays. You don't feel like reading a novel published in 1963, but instead a contemporary novel about the 60's. It's truly a pioneering work.
However, I don't like the ending even though both the novel and the film have the same one. It's not very satisfying and not making sense to me. I really wonder why.