A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

By Christopher Isherwood

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The author's favourite of his personal novels, now again in print!
When A unmarried guy used to be initially released, it stunned many via its frank, sympathetic, and relocating portrayal of a homosexual guy in midlife. George, the protagonist, is adjusting to existence on his personal after the unexpected demise of his accomplice, and determines to persist within the workouts of his everyday life; the process A unmarried guy spans twenty-four hours in a normal day. An Englishman and a professor residing in suburban Southern California, he's an interloper in each method, and his inner reflections and interactions with others show a guy who loves being alive regardless of daily injustices and loneliness. Wry, all at once manic, continually humorous, unusually unhappy, this novel catches the feel of existence itself.
"A testimony to Isherwood's undiminished brilliance as a novelist." Anthony Burgess
"An totally devastating, unnerving, incredible book." Stephen Spender
"Just as his Prater Violet is the easiest novel i do know concerning the video clips, Isherwood's A unmarried guy, released in 1964, is among the first and top novels of the trendy homosexual liberation movement." Edmund White

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A estrada, ladeando penedias, vencia custosamente a primeira encosta, depois do que se embrenharia nas montanhas de Samaria, pelo lado do poente, ao longo dos espinhaços áridos por trás dos quais, descaindo para o Jordão e arrastando na direcção do sul a sua rasoira ardente, o deserto de Judeia queimava e requeimava a antiquíssima cicatriz duma terra que, havendo sido prometida a uns tantos, nunca viria a saber a quem entregar-se. Espera, disse Simeão, e o carpinteiro obedecera, agora inquieto, temeroso sem saber de quê.

Dali foram todos como condenados à procura do ancião, que afinal estava no campo e não voltaria tão cedo, esta foi a resposta que deram a José. Então o carpinteiro encheu-se de coragem e em voz alta perguntou se naquela casa, ou noutra, Se me estão a ouvir, alguém quereria, em nome do Deus que tudo vê, dar guarida a sua mulher, que está para ter um filho, decerto haverá por aí um canto recolhido, que esteiras trazia-as ele, E também onde é que poderei encontrar nesta aldeia uma aparadeira para ajudar ao parto, o pobre José dizia envergonhado estas coisas enormes e íntimas, ainda com mais vergonha por sentir-se corar ao dizê-las.

Aproximou-se pois dele e disse, em tom de comedimento, Venho pedir-te desculpa, se te pareci insolente e enfatuado ontem à noite, nunca foi minha intenção faltar-te ao respeito, mas sabes como são as coisas, palavra traz palavra, as boas puxam as más, e acabamos sempre por dizer mais do que queriamos. Simeão ouviu, ouviu, de cabeça baixa, e finalmente respondeu, Estás desculpado. Em troca do seu generoso movimento, era natural que José esperasse uma resposta mais benévola do teimoso velho, e, ainda com a esperança de ouvir palavras que cria merecer, caminhou ao lado dele durante um bom bocado de tempo e de caminho.

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