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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics (31 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099561123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099561125
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A genuine interpretation of the times" (Frank Kermode)

"Only now that Isherwood is dead can the pattern be seen clearly in a life that ranged restlessly from Oxbridge skeptic to Hindu disciple, from literary collaborator with W. H. Auden to Boswell of prewar Britain and postwar Hollywood. . . . His novels and nonfiction now all seem to be chapters of one enormous work in which he is the major character" (Guardian)

"Christopher Isherwood is back in vogue" (Independent)

"That young man holds the future of the English novel in his hands" (Somerset W. Maugham)

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Isherwood's witty first foray into autobiographical fiction recalls the post-war dissolution of traditional English families.

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This early Isherwood novel is less of a story than a series of scenes from the years between the two world wars. Stylistically, it is somewhat self-consciously clever and the cast of characters takes some untangling. But it has some brilliant scenes and evocations, especially Lily, the war widow, whose life and loss are forensically dissected but with occasional moments of real poignancy. As it had to for its period, the book skates round the sexuality of two of its principal male characters. So, as a book it is unsatisfying but it lifts the curtain on Isherwood's genius at a formative stage.
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