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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this, now tell me, who did you see?, 11 Mar. 2010
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The scenario was a book club, the book randomly taken from the Amazon top 100 fiction chart. First out of the hat was A Single Man, ranked fifty six at the time. A book written in the 1960's it is in the chart courtesy of the movie just released.

George is a man and he is single due to the death of his lover Jim, over a year ago. Jim and George lived together in America in the 1960's, a time when gay relationships were usually secret and seldom tolerated. The story follows George through a day, it details his relationships with other people and his innermost thoughts.

So? You are probably thinking, well I would agree, not much of a premise. But to not read this would be to deny yourself one of the most unique reading experiences you will ever have. It blew me away, here is why.

The power in each of the pages is not in a gay man's story. It is in the story of an outsider looking in at society. It is about what he does and importantly, what he thinks, how he copes with his grief, with his professional life conforming to expectations, his few friends, his frustrations and wants. George's story is very much the human story, it will touch you because in George you will see yourself. It will stay with you because the self you see will not be the one on show that everyone sees, but the self you keep tucked away inside.

Utterly brilliant.
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2010 20:03:04 GMT
C. Wilson says:
Lovely review. I totally agree with it and found myself really connecting to the film in a way I don't usually. I need to read the book now.

thanks.
Christine

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2010 13:26:30 GMT
J. Potter says:
Cheers Christine,

This was a totally unexpected gem. If you like reading this then you might want to check out 'Matilda Savitch and Gents'. Two very different books but equally mesmerising.
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