Christopher and His Kind covers the most memorable 10 years in the writer's life, from 1929, when Isherwood left England to spend a week in Berlin and decided to stay there indefinitely, to 1939, when he arrived in America. When the book was published in 1976, readers were deeply impressed by the courageous candor with which he describes his life in gay Berlin of the 1930s and his struggles to save his companion, Heinz, from the Nazis.
An engrossing and dramatic story, and a fascinating glimpse into a little-known world, Christopher and His Kind remains a classic in gay liberation literature and one of Isherwood's greatest achievements.
"Indispensable for admirers of this truly masterly writer." (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." (The Washington Post)
"The best prose writer in English...The later Isherwood is even better than the early cameraman." (Gore Vidal)
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Decadence in 1930s Germany
Yes I would. I am really interested in the decadence of the 1930s in Germany leading up to World War II.
The theme of being gay in stiff-upper-lip England and working class Germany in the twenties and thirties.
Studied. Enthusiastic. Articulate. Not always a smooth performance.
It kindled my interest in Isherwood's other novels and in his real-life story. I contacted a hotel in Japan where he stayed and I've made friends on facebook with the Christopher Isherwood Foundation.
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I have to admit not what I expected
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