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This review is from: Single Man (Paperback)This is Isherwood's finest piece of writing. Chanced upon it in a library, having heard about his Berlin novels and decided to give "Single Man" a go.
Isherwood's brilliance is his attention to detail, bringing to the reader's attention the world with an almost visceral quality, whilst retaining a resounding subtlety that makes this book really stand out. It is truly outstanding and a book for those who know about books.
Easily read in one sitting it is a book you can return to every now and again without feeling like you could be doing something better with your time.
The story revolves around an old man, lecturer at an LA university and a stranger to his neighbours. The people he meets during his routine are cause for much of the story's development, addressing key themes in the process.
This is my favourite book. It is well worth a read. If at all interested in North American literature (J.D. Salinger, Sylvia Plath, Douglas Coupland to name a few) and its concern with lonliness and the search for meaning and identity then this will be a book for you.