A quietly devastating exploration of love, loneliness, and the often-crushing weight of adult responsibilities, 's A Single Man might just be one of Isherwood's most beloved works. The narrator speaks up about the struggles of coming out surrounded by a disapproving mother. You'd think being an oracle would help solve crimes, but the only… Read More. The Tragedy of Alexander and Aaren. The novel follows a day in the life of two boys, Mateo and Rufus, who get early morning calls from Death-Cast telling them that today is the day that they're going to die.
The feet of the boy in the road kicked up a cloud of dust that floated across the face of the departing sun. Heartbreak eventually ensues and Nan is left to her own defenses on the streets in the big city. The eponymous protagonist starts as a rakish young nobleman in Elizabethan England, finding favor with the queen, then falling out with her and indulging liberally in sex with a variety of women but having an intense friendship with a male poet.
The novel also stood trial on obscenity charges both in the United Kingdom where the book was deemed obscene and ordered destroyed, and in the United States, where it was eventually banned.