A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood

ASingleM24 hours, covering a 58 year-old man’s thought processes. He teaches at a University and ruminates on death and life and the small pleasures you can get from simply living, even when tragedy strikes (the death of his lover Jim).

It’s different from his Berlin novels.

There’s teacherly reserve – he never enters a classroom with another student, preferring a grand entrance, and he can’t exit like a clown and slink into the crowd after removing his  make up.

It is during the time pf Christmas shopping adverts and the recent Cuban missile crisis when sheltering with food is useless as it requires lots of water.

He goes to sleep, trying to get a masturbatory fantasy right so as to aid a good night’s sleep.

The day ends as it begins –his body, dying.

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