Christopher and His Kind

Christopher and His Kind Originally published in Christopher and His Kind covers the most memorable ten years in the writer s life from when Isherwood left England to spend a week in Berlin and decided to stay the

  • Title: Christopher and His Kind
  • Author: Christopher Isherwood
  • ISBN: 9780099561071
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • Originally published in 1976, Christopher and His Kind covers the most memorable ten years in the writer s life from 1929, when Isherwood left England to spend a week in Berlin and decided to stay there indefinitely, to 1939, when he arrived in America His friends and colleagues during this time included W H Auden, Stephen Spender, and E M Forster, as well as colorfulOriginally published in 1976, Christopher and His Kind covers the most memorable ten years in the writer s life from 1929, when Isherwood left England to spend a week in Berlin and decided to stay there indefinitely, to 1939, when he arrived in America His friends and colleagues during this time included W H Auden, Stephen Spender, and E M Forster, as well as colorful figures he met in Germany and later fictionalized in his two Berlin novels who appeared again, fictionalized to an even greater degree, in I Am a Camera and Cabaret.What most impressed the first readers of this memoir, however, was the candor with which he describes his life in gay Berlin of the 1930s and his struggles to save his companion, a German man named Heinz, from the Nazis An engrossing and dramatic story and a fascinating glimpse into a little known world, Christopher and His Kind remains one of Isherwood s greatest achievements.

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    1. Frank, and beautifully written, however I was less captivated than I'd expectedImmediately prior to reading "Christopher and His Kind" by Christopher Isherwood I read, and really enjoyed, "Mr Norris Changes Trains”, so I was excited to find out more about Christopher Isherwood’s life during the 1930s."Christopher and His Kind" is an autobiographical account of Christopher Isherwood's life from 1929, when he left England to spend a week in Berlin and decided to stay there indefinitely, throug [...]

    2. "he must never again give way to embarrassment, never deny the rights of his tribe, never apologize for its existence"christopher and his kind provides a fascinating depiction of (privileged) gay life in western europe in the tinderbox years before ww2. what struck me thoroughly was how relatively uninhibited isherwood and his close circle of gay friends were. if i do come across gay characters set in this period, i'm used to them being deeply repressed and thoroughly self-hating, often torn bet [...]

    3. The first book that I picked up after completing the last course for my English M.A. program was one that had been hovering near the top of my to-read list for a long while: Isherwood’s elegant autumnal autobiography Christopher and His Kind. If I had realized how much of it is devoted to clarifying references contained within The Berlin Stories and other earlier texts–almost all of which I have not yet read–I might have held off, but it turns out prior knowledge is not at all necessary to [...]

    4. So many things I loved about this book-1. Clever switching between first and third person throughout. He'll say "I think that Christopher should have realized bla bla bla" when speaking about his current opinions and thoughts on himself in the past.2. I had previously read "The Berlin Stories" and loved the way in which he described the "fictional" characters. In this work, he introduces them again but as actual people. It was funny to hear him admit that the girl upon whom "Sally Bowles" is bas [...]

    5. In this memoir of 1930s Berlin Isherwood reflects on the writing of "The Berlin Stories," shifting back and forth between his real-life friends and events and the fictional characters and events they inspired. It sounds tiresome but it really works, and is even comprehensible to someone who hasn't read "The Berlin Stories." Because Nabokov lived, worked and set almost all of his Russian novels in 1920-30s Berlin, I'm accustomed to thinking of the city as his ground, but Isherwood made his own wo [...]

    6. Isherwood fills my mind and heart with his intelligence, serenity and pure literate swooning (poising over young boys- excuse the pun, without being irritating or disgusting in the detail). What I mean to say is this, for me, Isherwood, as with Wilde, Gibson (and other gay writers) fills my heart with this sense that, 'we are not alone'.Cliched, perhaps, but here's a few thoughts:1. The topsellers among teenagers in recent years (The Hunger Games, Twilight etc.) have followed 'straight' relation [...]

    7. Allow me to bitch my way towards praising Isherwood's memoir: it grated that he told it in the third person with a few retrospective first person observations; too much of it was an undisciplined diary dump, too much again a dull exposé of who, and, tediously, to what degree, his characters were based on real people. That said, there are too many wonderful stories here of 1930s gay and literary life for this not to be an enthusiastic pick.

    8. I should confess up front that I have never read The Berlin Stories, nor have I even seen Cabaret. Blasphemer! The ultimate bad gay! but I do like Isherwood? Or at any rate I loved A Single Man (novel & film!). I was a bit baffled to see so many reviews here note that reading about the writing of The Berlin Stories was tedious, because I actually found Isherwood's reflective, sometimes nostalgic relationship to his own earlier writing endlessly fascinating, particularly in the sense of his c [...]

    9. Oddly enough, I read this after seeing cabaret but before reading the Berlin Novels. It's a fascinating (partial) autobiography - at times embarrassingly, almost painfully personal and honest - but what would you expect from a skilled writer recalling life in Berlin with several other bright young literary stars at one of the most fascinating periods of its history?The Christopher here is not the rather confused, bisexual and passive Christopher we know and love from Cabaret or the Berlin Novels [...]

    10. (3.5 / 5)A fascinating view of Hitler's rise to power through the eyes of a group of friends, but Isherwood's style of narrating in both first and third person tends to distance you from it emotionally. Sometimes this is effective, but there are also times when it is to its detriment.

    11. 11/18/16:Oh boy. You know what, I'm almost tempted to knock a star off, only because reading this today I find Isherwood's "I" vs. "Christopher" conceit a little annoying. But, but, but. I won't. This project remains unmatched. 5/5/13:Something compelled Christopher Isherwood to set the record straight. Or, rather, to wade through all the suggested straightness (none of which I assumed, but that's the benefit of distance, Cabaret, an English degree, and a working knowledge of biography) in previ [...]

    12. Demmit, I do wish I didn't find biography, autobiography, and memoir so tedious. This frank memoir has its moments, but give me artful fiction any day and I'll be quite happy, thank you. It's a failing, I know, but the recounting of facts has never grabbed me as much as the unfolding of a good novel.

    13. cada libro que leo de este hombre hace que se consolide más como mi autor favorito (y que le quiera más a él y a auden)

    14. I really liked this book and thought that Christopher Isherwood comes across as a generous, warm, funny and self-depreciating character. His love for his friends shines through despite the odd bitchy argument.He is much more interesting character here than in either of his fictional versions of the period (Mr Norris Changes Trains or Berlin Stories). As he says himself, when he wrote those he was much more guarded about the gay aspects of himself and his characters and here he is more open about [...]

    15. The most ironic part of being a reader of "Christopher and His Kind" is that one regrets having not read the rest of his oeuvre while simultaneously experiencing the dragging feeling that one really doesn't want to read the rest of his works. While this work is certainly speckled with important thoughts about pre-war gay life and vibrant recountings of the fear and anxiety that rifled much of the European continent in the 30s, it is weighed down by the oblivious bourgeois narcissism of, who woul [...]

    16. He asked himself: Do I now want to go to bed with more women and girls? Of course not, as long as I can have boys. Why do I prefer boys? Because of their shape and their voices and their smell and the way they move. And boys can be romantic. I can put them into my myth and fall in love with them.Couldn't you get yourself excited by the shape of girls, too—if you worked hard at it? Perhaps. And couldn't you invent another myth—to put girls into? Why the hell should I? My will is to live accor [...]

    17. A most fascinating book on many levels, and one that offers so much to the reader, providing insight into a period of time that has been much written of before, but coming from an angle perhaps not previously considered. It offers insight into the changes in Germany in a most turbulent period, but one filled with art, life, hope and beauty; it glimpses the literary world of the Bloomsbury Group as it came towards the end of its focus; it provides an insight into how one of the Twentieth Century' [...]

    18. My interest in this book was aroused after viewing a 2011 BBC production bearing the same title. Of course, reading the book version of a work is always more satisfying, though I do believe good films can spark interest in doing further research. The text is an appealing one for several reasons.An older Christopher Isherwood (seventy-two) writes about these ten years in the third person, as if this “Christopher Isherwood” is one of his fictional characters. At the same time, any passage in w [...]

    19. First of all, I should declare my biases: I'm not keen on biographies/autobiographies (why I keep reading them I have no idea), and I ~adore~ Cabaret and Mr Norris Changes Trains (Goodbye to Berlin was fine, but I didn't love it as I did the first). I'd also seen the TV adaptation of this book several years ago, although don't remember a huge amount about it. Still, I find Isherwood an intriguing character, so I was looking forward to reading it nonetheless.First, the good: The frankness with wh [...]

    20. I'm a little surprised that so many folks some how missed out on this one, because this book is a complete spell-binder. Like Edmund White's A BOY'S OWN STORY, it focuses on all the most relatable aspects of growing up as a homosexual in order to involve the widest possible reader into the world of this gentleman. This one, however, is a lot more politically-oriented (as well as being English rather than American) and less involved in the pain of growing up with a forbidden sexuality in a societ [...]

    21. I really enjoyed reading this. It was fascinating to read an autobiographical account of what happened in novels. My main reason for reading this was wanting to learn more about his friendship with Beatrix Lehmann, but alas she only took up about six paragraphs, but even those six paragraphs were very insightful. It was interesting to read something written so many decades later when Isherwood was able to be frank about his sexuality and all the things he'd had to cover up in the past. (While st [...]

    22. Young Christopher Isherwood spent much of the 1930s in continental Europe, including a few years in Berlin. He wrote a novel and some short stories based on his experiences there.Middle-aged Christopher Isherwood wrote this book about young Christopher Isherwood, in the third person and gave details of what young Christopher was up to and how he came to write the stories.The style of talking about himself in the third person is rather off-putting until you get used to it, but it does work. The o [...]

    23. SO IMPORTANT.The integration of quotes from his earlier autobiographical fiction, a third person narration of his experiences, and first person commentary on the two is genius. When I read Goodbye to Berlin, I felt like it was totally soulless-- I Am a Camera etc. This was a remedy. It is unadorned in the same way as his fiction and is structured as an honest conversation with /reflection on self.Isherwood's description of his friendship with Auden and Spender was the most moving of all I have r [...]

    24. Absolutely amazing. A genre in itself. Isherwood looks back at his younger self, telling the story in third person, but also commenting on it in first person, evaluating his then beliefs and analysing what the actual reasons were for his behaviour. He tells you the fascinating story of pre-WW2 Germany and liberal Berlin, how gays of the day lived and how he lived his life. If one disregards the story, event and narrative (which one really shouldn't do), it is just an amazing literary piece, whic [...]

    25. The sort of book which makes you want to up sticks and swan around Europe. Well, apart from the Nazis. And the money/health worries. And keeping an eye on and dealing with hassels with the boyf. And the war zones. But apart from all that sounds wonderful! A great book to read, especially after the Berlin Novels and Down There on a Visit, to find out more about the real life people who inspired the characters.

    26. I found Isherwood to be a very strange man yet a times very clever and a great deal of fun to be around . Sometimes he could also be very sad. He loved his drama and his laughter with people that were always entertaining . After all , Issherwood was very brilliant in his work and loved the people with whom he worked . He was well loved by his kind too!

    27. Enjoyable, but the third person while enabling Isherwood to take a self-deprecating tone does get distracting. It also dampens any insight into his creative process, even though I hate that term--Go away, mind mappy business types! Auden sounds like a riot; Heinz not so much. The diary of a kindly Weimar sex tourist.

    28. Isherwood is such an interesting and clever writer. He moves from 'real' life to fictional characters with such ease that I am left with the impression that real life is fiction and fiction is real life. Perhaps this is actually an absolute truth?

    29. Things I appreciate and enjoy about Christopher and His Kind:- Getting to hear about the people behind the characters- Discussion of the choices he made in structuring his novels- Real-ish life in Berlin- Technique of separating “Christopher” the young man from “I,” the writer of this memoir- Little medical details – like getting treated for chlamydia before penicillin was invented- His landlady really did call him “Herr Issyvoo”- Christopher arranging the marriage of convenience b [...]

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