EBOOK Down There on a Visit


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  • Down There on a Visit
  • Christopher Isherwood
  • English
  • 21 September 2019
  • 9780816633678

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Down There on a Visit Review á 107 Corporate his famous Berlin Stories Tracing many of the same themes as that earlier work this novel is a bemused sometimes acid por. I found this book on a table of throwaways brought it home and read it I lack the insight to understand why some people choose to keep some of the things they do and throw away things like this If it was left with the hope that someone would come and enjoy it then I say thank you I appreciate the giftAnyone who liked Isherwood s Berlin Stories will probably appreciate parts of this collection that blends memoir with roman a clef though I suspect that different people will be drawn to different parts and aspects of the book which flushes out Isherwood s life experience before and after those Cabaret days in Weinmar Germany we all tend to first think of when hearing his name The book has four sections each dedicated to a different and distinctive strong personality that impacts his life First is Mr Lancaster who opens up new experiences to Isherwood by inviting him to Germany for the first time to Hamburg in 1928 Mr Lancaster also represents an older generation s dedication to social s and the Empire and the personal sacrifices such dedication demands Ambrose is the focus of the second section an odd eccentric who sets up his own little world on a Greek isle and provides the narrator the place and space to ponder if and how he could or should fit in and just where that might be and on what terms This is as war draws ever near in Europe and Waldemar the German youth the narrator met through Mr Lancaster and with whom he went to visit Ambrose s island gets his own section that relates the numbing of the British class system against those who would ignore it as day by day the inevitability of the coming war affects life in London The most precocious of the four personalities is without a doubt Paul who enters Isherwood s life when he has become a screenwriter in LA escaping the travails of war in Europe and lunching with folks in the film industry Once there Isherwood made a conscientious commitment to try to follow a path of vedic self examination laid out by a philosophical mystic the book refers to Augustus Parr and who is based on for those interested real life Gerald Heard How Paul comes into his life joins his life and leaves a major lasting impact is the purpose of this section I think it is the most revealing of the four sections for while Mr Lancaster might come across as pathetic Ambrose as resolute in his hermetic determination and Waldemar as a na ve beefcake whose openness of what he wants makes him easily manipulated it is Paul who has the most power and influence over Isherwood in the end I am not clear whom he specifically represents in Isherwood s real life during the WW II years or if he is a composite character but he certainly is memorableFans of Isherwood for his elegance of language his sometimes cutting psychological appraisals and his dark humor used as a tool to cope in a world that can be so unjust will find elements of all three here Stalins verhinderter Erstschlag is a bemused sometimes acid por. 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Down There on a Visit Review á 107 Trait of people caught in private sexual hells of their own making Its four episodes are connected by four narrators All are called. Down There on a Visit was a book full of ups and downs for me If you like Isherwood as much as I do then I m sure you ll find something that takes your fancy within it Parts of this book riff off his famous Berlin texts though none of its four sections are actually set in Berlin parts of it are aligned with his late career turn towards self reflexive fictional and autobiographical works exploring gay identity and some of the most interesting parts of this novel for me explored Isherwood s involvement with Vedanta In taking the structure that it does four separate parts which each focalise on different character and effectively read like individual short stories Down There on a Visit kind of feels like it offers something for everyone However as none of these things were sustained for long it s easy for interest to wane The innovative structure proves to be both a blessing and a curse So whilst I certainly believe that this is worth the read I wouldn t count it amongst Isherwood s best or most worthy worksI also found this book difficult to deal with in places due to some of the subject matter I ve been trying to work out how to articulate this for a long time because I don t believe that any of the people in this book are flat out irredeemable awful people and I m also fully aware that Isherwood depicts characters who are just as bad if not worse in Goodbye to Berlin and Mr Norris Changes Trains both of which I liked a whole lot than this one Whilst it was obvious to me that an entire time place and political system was being critiued in the characterisation of the two Berlin novels however I could never uite work out exactly what was being placed into the microscope in Down There on a Visit if anything at all Even after having read lots of very good scholarship on this novel if nothing else Down There on a Visit is an excellent gateway into all of Isherwood s other works I m still not sure As a result I m not fully convinced that there was a genuine purpose for depicting paedophilia animal rape and rampant misogyny in this book and I m unable to properly reconcile the discomfort I felt reading about them The paedophilia in particular does not sit well with me The animal rape incident only spans a couple of pages even though it feels completely unnecessary and I already knew that Isherwood was misogynistic In contrast paedophilia is given much narrative attention and I couldn t tell exactly how I was supposed to feel about the episode involving it That may well simply be my issue Though I find the text interesting and acknowledge its literary merit Lolita makes me unbearably uncomfortable too and I ve become increasingly convinced as I ve gotten older that it s not as necessary a classic text as most people make it out to be If I can t handle that then I was never going to be able to handle this which handles the matter with much less direction So basically the contents of Down There on a Visit do not sit particularly well with me and that s the main reason why I liked it a lot less than I thought I would I m still not convinced that I ve articulated this well but hopefully the reasons for my discomfort come through clearly enoughThere are many good reasons to read Down There on a Visit If any one Isherwood work exemplifies his style and concerns it is this one so if you re interested in him as a writer at all definitely give this one a read It s also very pleasing open and frank about male homosexuality considering that it was written in 1962 Whilst it s not uite A Single Man this incarnation of Christopher Isherwood the narrator s honesty about his sex life still felt uite radical to me so I d say that this book is also well worth reading if you re at all interested in the evolution of gay literature However do be aware going into it that it is not perfect

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Down There on a Visit Review á 107 Christopher Isherwood originally intended Down There on a Visit to be part of The Lost the unfinished epic novel that would also in. Roman clef made up of 4 novellas all with the narrator Christopher hard not to get that key But it s a Christopher who is almost a stranger to me We still share the same skeleton but its outer covering has altered so much that I doubt he would recognize me on the street We have in common the label of our name and a continuity of consciousness there has been no break in the seuence of daily statements that I am I But what I am has refashioned itself through the days and years until now almost all that remains is the mere awareness of being conscious And that awareness belongs to everybody it isn t a particular personThus memoir becomes novel in that the author is his own fictional character himself from his own past And as a fictional character he can have a fictional pastThe most interesting is the last of the novellas Paul Why names other than Christopher s have been changed escapes me Paul is Denham Fouts and Augustus Parr is Gerald Heard two of Isherwood s most important friends between 1940 and 1953Augustus introduced Isherwood to oriental philosophy which became central to his life There are three kinds of bondage aren t thereaddiction pretension aversion what I crave what I pretend to the world that I am and what I fear Here and of course throughout his life and writing Isherwood deals with addiction and pretension successfully that with aversion his fear of the future dread of the pastPaul is a complex and fascinating character fictional and real He sees things with stunning clarity Oh darling Chrissikins You re exactly like a tourist who thinks he can take in the whole of Rome in one day You know you really are a tourist to your bones I bet you re always send post cards with Down here on a visit on them That s the story of your life And it s the story in this and all his other writingsTo Isherwood s great credit he saw himself with clarity That s why this book is titled as it is and tells the stories that it does of being a tourist in your own life And that life of course is a fictional life


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    EBOOK Down There on a Visit Herr Isyvoo's best is The Last of Mr Norris aka Mr Norris Changes Trains 1935 But he can thank playwright John van Druten for giving him a goldmine that steadily enriches his estate Pretty much unknown here his name became familiar w the play I Am a Camera 1951 based on his Berlin Stories by van Druten In 1966 it became the smash musical and soon movie Cabaret and lo gold rained down on Adelaide Drive in Santa Monica Canyon where

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    Read Ú eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ë Christopher Isherwood Christopher Isherwood Ë 7 Summary EBOOK Down There on a Visit She is the sort of monster who is often miscalled a good sport The most monstrous thing about her is her good humor She never pouts or sulks She is always cheerful; and as tactless as an elephant Seems like whether you like this will depend on what you think it is It's not a short story collection or four separate novellas or a connected four part concoction that only makes sense when you get to the bottom line Even if you're read

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    EBOOK Down There on a Visit So I picked up this book a year or two ago and absolutely loved its first story Then for some reason unknown to me I set it aside and only got back to it a month ago as I was heading to Berlin because what else would one read there

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    Read & download Down There on a Visit Christopher Isherwood Ë 7 Summary EBOOK Down There on a Visit Another compelling pseudo autobiography The movement of time from the twenty three year old 'Isherwood' and his first exploration of Berlin to 'Isherwood' in the fifties in America his grasping at spiritualism his explorations of life are fascinating But really what's fascinating is the story that he chooses to omit The author is a viewer the 'camera' I suppose that he refers to in the Berlin novels But having read Chr

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