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He knows how to write a biography. Spellbounding and hats off to 12 years of work!
Reasonably well written biography that struggled to make interesting a subject that I eventually (and disappointedly) found to be somewhat dull. I was drawn to the biography by my admiration for the Berlin novels but would suggest that this would be insufficient to retain the interest of readers that are not fans of Isherwood's later work.
This is a wonderful book -- am re-reading it before seeing A SINGLE MAN. Isherwood is my favorite writer -- almost every book of his still affects me as it did when I first discovered him.
Could have used a good editor, at 750 pages its about 25% too long. Isherwood was extremely self analyzing and the author uses that to good effect, but too much of it.
Amazingly exhaustive biography of the writer, but nothing drags.You will be amazed how fast this reads. Good illustrations.
By the by, it cracks me up that they decided to print this in Times Roman.
This book is so long I will never finish it