By Christopher Isherwood
The author's favourite of his personal novels, now again in print!
When A unmarried guy used to be initially released, it stunned many by way of 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 loss of life of his associate, and determines to persist within the exercises of his lifestyle; 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 intruder in each means, and his inner reflections and interactions with others show a guy who loves being alive regardless of daily injustices and loneliness. Wry, abruptly manic, continuously humorous, strangely unhappy, this novel catches the feel of existence itself.
"A testimony to Isherwood's undiminished brilliance as a novelist." Anthony Burgess
"An completely devastating, unnerving, terrific book." Stephen Spender
"Just as his Prater Violet is the easiest novel i do know in regards to the videos, Isherwood's A unmarried guy, released in 1964, is likely one of the first and top novels of the fashionable homosexual liberation movement." Edmund White
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Vai pois Maria embalada na suave andadura do seu corcel, rainha entre as mulheres, que só ela vai montada, a restante burricada transporta carga geral. E, para que não sejam tudo sacrifícios, leva ao colo, ora uma, ora outra, três crianças do rancho, com o que vão folgando as mães respectivas e ela começa a habituar-se ao carrego que a espera. Neste primeiro dia de viagem, porque as pernas ainda não estavam feitas ao caminho, a etapa não foi extremadamente longa, é preciso não esquecer que vão na mesma companhia velhos e meninos pequenos, uns que, tendo vivido, gastaram todas as suas forças e agora não podem mais fingir que as têm, outros que, por não saberem governar as que começam a ter, as esgotam em duas horas de carreiras desatinadas, como se o mundo estivesse para acabar e valesse a pena aproveitar os últimos instantes dele.
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. Mas Simeão, com os olhos postos no pó da estrada, fazia de conta que não dava pela sua presença, até que o carpinteiro, justamente enfadado, esboçou o gesto de quem vai afastar-se.
José vai feliz por ocupar o lugar de seu filho, é ao mesmo tempo o pai e o filho, e a tal ponto este sentimento é forte que subitamente perde sentido aquele que é seu verdadeiro filho, a criança que ali vai, ainda dentro da barriga da mãe, no caminho de Jerusalém. Jerusalém, Jerusalém, gritam os devotos viajantes à vista da cidade, de repente levantada como uma aparição no cimo do morro do outro lado, além do vale, cidade em verdade celeste, centro do mundo, agora despedindo mil centelhas em todas a direcções, sob a luz forte do meio-dia, como uma coroa de cristal, mas que sabemos se tornará em ouro puro quando a luz do poente lhe tocar e será branca de leite sob o luar, Jerusalém, ó Jerusalém.
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood