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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2010, 12:59:21 PM »

Hi, everybody!

I've noticed you'll discuss ''A Single Man'', one of the best books I've read lately. It is incredibly brilliant also considering when it was written. I'm looking forward to the discussion.

In fact I don't know whether to go and see the movie because from the trailer it looks so different from the book. Any impressions from someone who loved the book and went to see the movie after?

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Antonella

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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2010, 01:06:20 PM »
Hi Antonella!

I view the movie and the book as two different works.  They're book good, although having read the book I prefer that to the film (now).  I still think the film is well worth seeing as long as you accept it as an interpretation of the book.

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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2010, 03:45:14 AM »
Thank for your answer, Michael! I'll try to keep it in mind when I go and see the movie.

Till now the only movie I've seen which could rival with the book it was made from is BBM.

Have a nice Sunday!

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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2010, 05:11:04 AM »
Antonella...

The movie and the book are well worth your time. Both are wonderful and beautiful in their own ways.

It is so nice to see you back!

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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2010, 09:19:25 AM »
Phong has just brought a copy home for me - the new edition. Looking forward to it.

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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2010, 10:48:57 AM »


I just ordered a used copy from Amazon, so it will probably be different from yours Michael, but I don't think I'll have any probs keeping up with the sections you post. I've had different editions in the  past from the club and it worked out great.  The copy only cost 9.54 and Amazon's used copies are as they describe  "good," or "very good." Certainly better than paying full price. ;D
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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2010, 01:15:52 PM »
Saw the movie last night.  It lived up to the good reviews.

I'm looking forward to reading the book.
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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2010, 02:01:58 PM »
Antonella...

The movie and the book are well worth your time. Both are wonderful and beautiful in their own ways.

It is so nice to see you back!

Hi, Rob!

Thank you for your welcome!

In fact I never really managed to be on this thread, which is a pity because I've seen some great books have been discussed in the past. I was just slighly too late for the discussion on Patterson's book and definitely too late for Spandauer: I'm reading it now. I find it fantastic. Maybe this is out of topic, I don't know exactly the rules here...

Best Wishes from Switzerland!

Antonella

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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2010, 06:13:02 PM »
In fact I never really managed to be on this thread, which is a pity because I've seen some great books have been discussed in the past. I was just slighly too late for the discussion on Patterson's book and definitely too late for Spandauer: I'm reading it now. I find it fantastic. Maybe this is out of topic, I don't know exactly the rules here...

Best Wishes from Switzerland!

Antonella

Hi Antonella!  I think you want to be making these sorts of comments on the 'What good book have you read lately' - which is here:

http://www.davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=232.0

This thread will be for discussion related directly to the Isherwood book.  I look forward to your posts in both threads!
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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2010, 09:43:38 PM »
I'm willing to give it a try, especially if you start it on April 5th. March is kind of packed. I loved the movie but haven't read the book; I think the only Isherwood I've read is I Am A Camera. It sounds like a doable length. :)
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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #25 on: February 28, 2010, 09:52:35 PM »
Great news Jenny - Glad to have you on board!
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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2010, 01:14:55 AM »
we went to London to see the film yesterday, and loved it, (in a harrowing sort of way :'(). I have ordered the book from Amazon, although it is not the film tie in one that you mentioned. However I am sure I will cope!
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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2010, 09:10:34 AM »
Very nice to see so many involved!

The movie was great, wasn't it?!
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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #28 on: March 03, 2010, 10:28:59 AM »
My copy has 152 pages. And there are no chapters - but as it's fairly short I should be able to find my way around.

My copy with 186 pages (actually, from page 9 to page 186) doesn't have chapters either, but it has "breaks" (lines of white space) in the text which make for little "mini-chapters."  Some of these are less than a page, some 2 or 3 pages, some up to about 10 pages.  I went through and numbered these mini-chapters lightly in the margin, and there are 39 of them.  I did this just to make it easier to find my way around and refer back to the correct pages.

Michael, when you divide up the text, it would probably work to point us to the first line of the section where we should begin, and the last line of the section where we should stop, for each week's discussion.
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Re: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
« Reply #29 on: March 03, 2010, 10:36:58 AM »
Michael, when you divide up the text, it would probably work to point us to the first line of the section where we should begin, and the last line of the section where we should stop, for each week's discussion.

That's pretty much what I was planning, Debbie.  Actually I was planning on giving a couple of lines at the end of the one section and a couple at the end of the next one.  I'll post them shortly.
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