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Lost Years: A Memoir 1945 - 1951

by Christopher Isherwood

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'His writing soon becomes addictive as one self-disclosure follows another. What better recommendation for a diary could there be?' - The Times Christopher Isherwood settled in California in 1939 and spent the war years writing for Hollywood, but by 1945 he had all but ceased to write fiction and even abandoned his habit of keeping a diary. Instead he embarked on a life of frantic socialising and drinking. Looking back from the 1970s, Isherwood recreated these years from personal memories to form a remarkably honest mixture of private and social history.… (more)
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Reading this after re-reading A Single Man towards the end of last year, found it interesting and it definitely made me want to re-read A World in the Evening. ( )
  mari_reads | Jan 16, 2016 |
Isherwood, Christopher, 1904- > Diaries/Authors, English > 20th century > Diaries/British > United States > Diaries
  Budzul | Jun 1, 2008 |
My, Ischerwood pulls no punches with this memoir. He burned his journals from his time spent in Berlin and shortly thereafter. This is the later reconstruction of those journals, based on memory and surviving documentation. Footnotes include conflicting testimony from involved individuals. Isherwood speaks in condescending tone of both those individuals and of himself. The cover portrait of him under the piers of LA (written of in Rechy's The Sexual Outlaw) should be an indicator that the author isn't going to be prim for the sake of appearances. ( )
  tsinandali | Oct 29, 2005 |
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'His writing soon becomes addictive as one self-disclosure follows another. What better recommendation for a diary could there be?' - The Times Christopher Isherwood settled in California in 1939 and spent the war years writing for Hollywood, but by 1945 he had all but ceased to write fiction and even abandoned his habit of keeping a diary. Instead he embarked on a life of frantic socialising and drinking. Looking back from the 1970s, Isherwood recreated these years from personal memories to form a remarkably honest mixture of private and social history.

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