After watching Tom Ford's beautifully screened adaptation, I had high expectations that Isherwood's novel would have carried through this beauty through to paper. Boy, was I not disappointed! Although the language may seem difficult for younger readers, the wonderful interpretation of George's emotions and his battle with grief and lost love compensates for this difficulty.
The only thing that bothered me was that, as the story progressed, I noticed many differences between this and the film. A major one being George's memoirs with Jim. Yes, Isherwood wanted his character to be able to move on to a certain extent. However, Ford's adaptation of this that previously showed moments close to you needing your tissues horribly seem false compared to what Isherwood wrote.
Overall, a beautifully written book. I've used the word 'beautiful' maybe too many times now but I can't help it. It is beauty written in words. Like a poem. Because of its language, I'd recommend it to adults wanting a romantic indulge into telling of events that can be related with everyone.
Don't let George's love for a man stop you from reading this beautiful, severely underrated book!