Dear Great Book Guru, Last week you gave me a suggestion for my virtual book group which worked out very well - a combination book and movie. We enjoyed comparing the two and those who are finding it hard to read during these stressful times were able to watch and discuss the movie. Do you have another combo we could use for next week? Reader Viewer
Dear Reader Viewer, My virtual book group just finished a stimulating, rewarding discussion of Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel A SINGLE MAN and its 2009 movie adaptation. Over twenty-four hours, we follow George - an Englishman living in Los Angeles - a gay man in his late fifties who is dealing with the death of his long-time partner Jim who was killed in an automobile accident eight months earlier. The story opens as he wakes from sleep and immediately thinks of Jim. He is indeed a grieving widower - a fact unacknowledged by society or himself. We are with him throughout the day as he fights with his neighbors, teaches his classes, works out at his gym, watches a tennis match, shops at the supermarket, dines with a woman friend from England, flirts intellectually with a student who has followed him home, and finally drifts off to sleep. It is a beautiful story of love, grief, and eventual solace. George - a single man in many interpretations of the phrase - is Everyman. The movie follows George’s day in a completely different manner but both are highly recommended!