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Frank nd beautifully written however I was less captivated than I d expectedImmediately prior to reading Christopher Dungeon of Death and His Kind by Christopher Isherwood I readnd really enjoyed Mr Norris d expectedImmediately prior to reading Christopher nd His Kind by Christopher Isherwood I read nd really enjoyed Mr Norris Trains so I was excited to find out Love Rockets about Christopher Isherwood s life during the 1930sChristophernd His Kind is n utobiographical A Deceptive Homecoming (Hattie Davish Mystery, account of Christopher Isherwood s life from 1929 when he left England to spend week in Berlin nd decided to stay there indefinitely through to 1939 when he rrived in America I hoped Christopher nd His Kind would provide new insights into both Berlin in the 1930s nd in particular the events related in Mr Norris Changes TrainsThe first thing that struck me was the use of the third person Christopher Isherwood wrote Christopher nd His Kind in the early 1970s nd so I ssume he decided to treat Christopher his younger self s separate character If so whilst I understand the rationale I found it both distracting nd confusingChristopher Isherwood explains how he kept himself out of the Berlin stories The Hired Man as he thought his homosexuality would distract from the narrativend understandably given the ttitudes of distract from the narrative nd understandably given the ttitudes of era he was guarded bout being explicit There is no such evasiveness or coyness in Christopher Almost A Gentleman and His Kind he is franknd open bout his sex life nd his relationships As such Christopher nd His Kind lso reflects the era in which it was written the early 1970s s gay liberation was gaining momentum whilst Isherwood was writing this bookI didn t enjoy this book s much s I hoped or expected As lways Christopher Isherwood writes beautifully bout the pre war era however it was too detailed for my level of interest nd Here by the Bloods as I saidt the outset the use of the third person did not work for me I enjoyed reading bout Gerald Hamilton the real life Arthur Norris from Mr Norris Changes Trains nd who was every bit s venal nd morally bankrupt s his fictionalised version nd there re lso some interesting necdotes involving Isherwood s friends WH Auden Stephen Spender nd EM Forster Overall though I was less captivated than I had hoped nd expected35Click here to read my review of Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood So many things I loved bout this book 1 Clever switching between first nd third person throughout So many things I loved bout this book 1 Clever switching between first nd third person throughout ll say I think that Christopher should have realized bla bla bla when speaking bout his current opinions nd thoughts on himself in the past2 I had previously read The Berlin Stories nd loved the way in which he described the fictional characters In this work he introduces them Loyalty and Lies again buts ctual people It was funny to hear him dmit that the girl upon whom Sally Bowles is based is somewhat warped in his memory because of the version of her in the book the version of her in the play the version of her in the movies Fortunes Flames andll of the ctresses who have played her No one is ny less interesting nd it was good to meet the narrator of the stories Isherwood was lways very careful to leave himself nd mainly his homosexuality out of the stories in order for the reader to better relate to him nd the Originally published in 1976 Christopher nd His Kind covers the most memorable ten years in the writer's life from 1929 when Isherwood left England to spend week in Berlin nd decided to stay there indefinitely to 1939 when he rrived in America His friends nd colleagues during this time include. Ction3 There is very little plot which some might have problem with The main ction of the book is Isherwood traveling with his lover ll over the world for several years voiding the oncoming war with Germany The characters ll react to world for several years voiding the oncoming war with Germany The characters ll REACT TO IMMINENT DANGER IN DIFFERENT WAYS CATASTROPHIZING OR to imminent danger in different ways catastrophizing or bravery or ignoring it entirely4 If you know nything of Isherwood s biography the last passage of the book will just kill you Especially if you ever get chance to see the film Chris Murder Go Round and Don A Love Story I highly recommend it Oddly enough I read thisfter seeing cabaret but before reading the Berlin Novels It s How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis a fascinating partialutobiography Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential at times embarrassinglylmost painfully personal nd honest but what would you expect from skilled writer recalling life in Berlin with several other bright young literary stars Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 at one of the most fascinating periods of its historyThe Christopher here is not the rather confused bisexualnd passive Christopher we know The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) and love from Cabaret or the Berlin Novels He s far deeper farngst ridden Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 aware of his sexualitynd lso far interesting in many ways The joys of Bohemian life in Berlin with small group of privileged Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child and talented friendsre juxtaposed to the sad The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 and desperate realities of his relationship with young German lover whose life seems increasingly threatened by the onset of Hitler Of Mice and Men and Nazism It s fascinating to read thislongside the fictional ccount he gives in the Berlin Novels nd the even fictionalised Cabaret film The tmosphere nd s of contemporary Britain in the Berlin Novels nd the even fictionalised Cabaret film The tmosphere nd s of contemporary Britain America limited in some ways the plot of his novels but this tells truer I Was Anastasia and often less flattering picture he must nevergain give way to embarrassment never deny the rights of his tribe never Choice of the Cat apologize for its existence christophernd his kind provides Three Cups of Deceit a fascinating depiction of privileged gay life in western europe in the tinderbox years before ww2 what struck me thoroughly was how relatively uninhibited isherwoodnd his close circle of gay friends were if i do come Sparrow Road across gay characters set in this period i m used to them being deeply repressednd thoroughly self hating often torn between familyduty A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston and love it was refreshing to read that here it wasn t really the case while persecuted by society they still livednd loved relatively openly interestingly isherwood uses christopher rather than the first person for what is essentially n utobiography in ll of the books of his i ve read so far you get real sense of isherwood having lived each moment through what he could later write Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World about it placing himselfs The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors a character christopher in his ownutobiography is Yoga: The Art of Adjusting an extension of that itlso somewhat mischievously makes the book even harder to categorize to its meritalso worthy of mention nd something that for some reason i wasn t uite expecting was the sheer mount of famous people who pop up in it s The Neural Basis of Free Will almost ridiculous whuden em forster virginia nd lenoard woolf benjamin britten thomas mann nd his family to name just few to get the most out of this book i think you have to read isherwood s earlier works he goes into D W H Auden Stephen Spender nd E M Forster s well s colorful figures he met in Germany Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, and later fictionalized in his two Berlin novels whoppeared Past Destinies again fictionalized ton even greater degree in I Am Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 a Camerand CabaretWhat most impressed the first readers of this memoir however was the cando. Hem in uite some detail fleshing out the real PEOPLE BEHIND HIS ECCENTRIC CAST OF CHARACTERS AND FILLING behind his eccentric cast of characters If Wishes Were Horses and filling the gay details left unsaid or subverted in his earlier fiction part travelogue part memoir part fiction part revisionist history i don t think i ve ever readnything uite like it Isherwood fills my mind nd heart with his intelligence serenity nd pure literate swooning Poising Over Young Boy Allow Me To Bitch My Way over young boy Allow me to bitch my way praising Isherwood s memoir it grated that he told it in the third person with few retrospective first person observations too much of it was n undisciplined diary dump too much gain dull expos of who nd tediously to what degree his characters were based on real people That said there re too many wonderful stories here of 1930s gay nd literary life for this not to be n enthusiastic pick Christopher Isherwood wrote several books bout his experiences in the 1930s including his Berlin Stories But on the first page of Christopher nd His Kind he tells us that he wasn t completely honest in these earlier works that he left out important details Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day about himselfnd that he now intends to um set the record straightTo tell his story he draws on both memory A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 and documentary evidence in the form of letters diariesnd passages from his novels The book has definite meta uality in the sense that he uses Christopher to describe himself in the 1930s I to describe himself in the present nd Isherwood to describe the narrator of Berlin Stories I see other reviewers complaining this is weird nd difficult to follow but this wasn t my experienceSo what s the book boutLike ny memoir it focuses on the subject s day to day life we see him interact with famous friends move from place to place he winds up in China t one point react to historical events Hi In this memoir of 1930s Berlin Isherwood reflects on the writing of The Berlin Stories shifting back The Unspeakable Mind and forth between his real life friendsnd events nd the fictional characters nd events they inspired It sounds tiresome but it really works Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought and is even comprehensible to someone who hasn t read The Berlin Stories Because Nabokov lived workednd set Murder at Beechwood almostll of his Russian novels in 1920 30s Berlin I m ccustomed to thinking of the city s his ground but Isherwood made his own world of it tooThe cover of this edition is rather lame Herbert List photograph of scrawny teen in tighty whities standing contrappasto in knee deep water Now I realize that publishers cannot issue book by gay writer without homoerotic cover image but come on Herbert List has The first book that I picked up fter completing the last course for my English MA program was one that had been hovering near the top of my to read list for Revelations from Revelation (Mass Market) a long while Isherwood s elegantutumnal Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen Mysteries, autobiography Christophernd His Kind If I had realized ho 35 5A fascinating view of Hitler s rise to power through the eyes of Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil a group of friends but Isherwood s style of narrating in both firstnd third person tends to distance you from it emotionally Sometimes this is effective but there re lso times when it is to its detrimen. R with which he describes his life in gay Berlin of the 1930s nd his struggles to save his companion German man named Heinz from the Nazis An engrossing Alien: Sea of Sorrows and dramatic storynd Journey Of Fate a fascinating glimpse into little known world Christopher Judas of Nazareth: How the Greatest Teacher of First-Century Israel Was Replaced by a Literary Creation and His Kind remains one of Isherwood's greatestchievements.