A Single Man Author:Christopher Isherwood When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many by its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in midlife. George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden death of his partner, and determines to persist in the routines of his daily life; the course of A Single Man spans twenty... more »-four hours in an ordinary day. An Englishman and a professor living in suburban Southern California, he is an outsider in every way, and his internal reflections and interactions with others reveal a man who loves being alive despite everyday injustices and loneliness. Wry, suddenly manic, constantly funny, surprisingly sad, this novel catches the texture of life itself.« less
Originally published in 1964, The Single Man was a pioneer novel about gay life in America. This is the story of gay man in midlife. The protagonist, George, once received great joy from his life with his partner and friends. Now that his partner is dead, George reflects on his life and the parts of it that he achingly misses.