A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

"A Single Man" follows a day in the life of George, a middle-aged English professor in 1960s Southern California, who is struggling to find meaning in his life after the death of his partner, Jim. The novel explores themes of loneliness, grief, and the human condition as George navigates his daily routine, interacts with students and friends, and reflects on his past. His efforts to persist in the face of despair, while dealing with the everyday challenges of life and the societal prejudices of the time, form the crux of the narrative.

The 2229th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 159

Since this book was first published in 1964, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 159.0.

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