After being ignored by his partner’s family upon her death, George has decided to break up with her. He’s single because he’s not married and single because he’s gay; the phrase was once used with a raised eyebrow.
What is A Single Man about?
Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune wrote Some movies aren’t exactly revelations, but they delve so deeply into old truths about love and loss and the messiness and excitement of life that they seem new anyway Bob Mondello of NPR commented An exquisite, almost sensual sorrow floods every frame of A Single Man. He’s single because he’s unmarried and single because he’s gay; the phrase was once used with a raised eyebrow. Based on the 1964 novel by Christopher Isherwood, the film follows an unhappy day in the life of an unhappy bachelor. After waking up, George speaks aloud of the grief and depression he has suffered since Jim’s death and his intention to commit suicide that very night.
What happens at the end of A Single Man?
Just as film expresses isolation and despair, it can also poignantly capture, as A Single Man does, the small moments of vital clarity and grace that surround us. The novel’s tendency to separate George’s mind from his body fosters an effect in which the reader perceives him as a composite of many selves rather than as a single individual, which emphasizes the novel’s central characteristic of approaching life, time, and space as fragmented phenomena. George locks the gun away, burns his suicide notes, and in a voiceover explains that he has rediscovered the ability to feel, rather than think. Failure is not only the heart of Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man, it is also the blood, flesh and soul of this novel.