Christopher And His Kind Paperback – Sep 18 2001
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"Indispensable for admirers of this truly masterly writer." -- Peter Stansky, The New York Times Book Review
"Isherwood freely discusses a dimension of his experience previously repressed in his fiction, his homosexuality. And in telling the truth about himself, he ultimately transcends the limits of autobiography to write what is, in effect, another novel." -- Paul Piazza, The Washington Post
"The best prose writer in English... The later Isherwood is even better than the early cameraman." -- Gore Vidal, The New York Review of Books --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Christopher Isherwood (1902-86) lived in Berlin from 1928 to 1933 and immigrated to the United States in 1939. Translator, biographer, novelist, and playwright, Isherwood is the author of over twenty books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Christopher and His Kind explores the real story behind his travels back and forth from England to Germany, and the people and events that influenced his life during this decade of time.
Having first read 'Down there on a Visit', which draws experiences and people from this time in his life as it's foundation, it was amusing to read the 'real' story behind certain characters and situations described in the former novel.
Isherwood is far more frank about his homosexuality, and his encounters with other males, in this book, which can also be attributed to the time period in which this was written, being the 1970's, which definitely saw a more liberal attitude emerging than in the 50's, and 60's. But at the same time, he never seems 'graphic' or overindulgent in his descriptiveness. A sense of propriety and discretion carries throughout.
The only off-putting aspect of this novel to me, which lists many of Isherwoods contemporaries and friends, including Wystan Auden, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, and more, is that Isherwood in many, many instances refers to himself in the third person, as Christopher, and then immediately switches to first person, 'me'....which is a bit confusing. It reminded me of another book by an 'autobiographical' author, Edmund White (The Married Man) in which White switches from his usual first-person narrative to a third person narrative, leaving me with the impression that he found himself unable to record the events described as anything but an outsider, or observer. I wonder if perhaps the same is true with Isherwood?
Regardless, this book delves deep into his travels, and interactions with his friends and family. Also described are his days with a long-term love and travel companion, and the lengths Isherwood went to for this young man. The book hints at much more to come with the ending words, which is by far my favorite 'line' out of the four Isherwood works I have read...knowing what he is refering to....but I won't give it away.
An excellent read, and entertaining to any fan of this gifted author, to know more about his life and times.
Firstly, it is a great book for every reader who is curious to know the story line of Isherwood's life, and discover the details of the events he went through. While a bit confusing at first, the third person speech is actually quite suited to his particular way of telling his story.
Then I would like to insist on the fact that this book depicts a writer perception of the world, as Isherwood gives a lot of importance to describing how and when he wrote his novels, and who helped him do so (quite often his friend the poet Wystan Auden). A great deal of the book is about the other famous writers of his time and how he met them.
If you have seen the BBC movie of the same name, don't be surprised if you read the book as the timeline is a bit different, and also as some characters of the movie come from other novels he wrote about his stay in Berlin, and are not present in this book.
Finally, the book is also worth reading to know how Isherwood traveled and tried to save his lover from Germany, at a time when Nazis and Hitler came to power.
In a word, I'd recommend this book to everyone interested in either Christopher Isherwood, or in the 1930's and who would like to read about it from a different perspective.
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