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Down There on a Visit (1962)

by Christopher Isherwood

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Interweaving semi-autobiography with fiction, and taking the reader through relationships with 4 very different men, from 1930s Germany and prewar Greece to decadent Hollywood, Isherwood provides a black and witty portrait of the writer abroad.
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La cosa che mi è piaciuta di questo libro è la stessa che non me lo ha fatto apprezzare appieno: il distacco superbo, il disincanto di questo privilegiato suddito di sua maestà britannica che non batte ciglio mentre attorno a lui c'è chi muore (in guerra, per droga o suicida).
Nazismo? - Deprecabile (più che per altro per la bassa rozzezza di zio adolfo e scagnozzi) ma non è che mi abbia toccato più di tanto, mi ha dato un pretesto per andarmene da Berlino.
Amore? - Roba da cameriere ha detto qualcuno e io(Isherwood) sottoscrivo.
Induismo? - Quanto mi ci sono divertito quell'autunno in California con Paul! Divertente come hobby, per una stagione!
Insomma, ne esce un Isherwood troppo antipatico per i miei gusti che mi ha rovinato la lettura (che pure all'inizio era stata molto gradevole per l'eleganza dello stile!) ( )
  downisthenewup | Aug 17, 2017 |
This is the first Christopher Isherwood book I have read and am looking forward to reading more of his writings. I would also like to learn more about Mr. Isherwoods private life and loves. This book was based on his own life during the 30's and 40's. I did not know that his novel GOOD-BYE TO BERLIN (1939) was the basis for the hishly acclaimed musical CABARET. He indeed appears to be a very interesting man. ( )
  cherylscountry | May 11, 2010 |
2660 Down There on a Visit, by Christopher Isherwood (read 7 Oct 1994) This book is in four parts--it appears autobiographical, though clearly it is fiction-tainted--"Mr Lancaster" tells of Isherwood's first trip to Germany, arranged by a stepson of his grandmother's brother-in-law, who is in shipping. "I" has a few weird experiences. Next is "Ambrose", a rich hedonistic Briton living in Greece. What goes on on the Greek island is repulsive and dripping with queer atmosphere. Next is "Waldemar"--the only character in the book who turns out OK--married with a family at the end. The fourth part is Paul, who goes to a camp for COs and ends up dead in Paris in 1953. The book--except when it prates of Eastern mysticism--reads easily and entertainingly, although one detests the moral or amoral view of all the characters. ( )
  Schmerguls | Mar 31, 2008 |
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Now, at last, I'm ready to write about Mr Lancaster. For years I have been meaning to, but only rather half-heartedly; I never felt I could quite do him justice.
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