Down There On a Visit by Christopher Isherwood

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By Christopher Isherwood

Goodreads quote: Christopher Isherwood initially meant Down There on a trip to be a part of The misplaced, the incomplete epic novel that may additionally comprise his recognized Berlin tales. Tracing a few of the related topics as that previous paintings, this novel is a bemused, occasionally acid portrait of individuals stuck in deepest sexual hells in their personal making. Its 4 episodes are attached by way of 4 narrators. All are known as "Christopher Isherwood, " yet every one is a special personality inhabiting a brand new surroundings: Berlin in 1928, the Greek Isles in 1933, London in 1938, and California in 1940. (Originally released in 1962)

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People fast for weeks sometimes. " I couldn't help laughing. " Waldemar grinned. " "Just out of curiosity. " There was a pause. We were silent, grinning at each other. It is really very pleasant, dealing with people like Waldemar. I knew in advance that, whatever I did or didn't do, he would never bear me any grudge. Of course it was 57 AMBROSE also true that, if I were to give him anything, he wouldn't feel any particular gratitude. As far as he was concerned, this was just a problem which had suddenly appeared, like a large stone, in his path.

They thought they were being subjective. Pooh! They hadn't the stamina. Their minds were costive. All that they could produce was as dry as sheep droppings"You see, these fools imagine that realism is writing about emotions. They think they're being very daring because they name things by the catchwords these Freudians have invented. But that's only puritanism turned inside out. The puritans forbid the use of the names; so now the Freudians order the use of the names. That's all. That's the only difference.

I used to make faces at them. I was being watched, anyway, by the photograph of The Beard. How dearly he would have liked to have me aboard his ship, to be ordered aloft in a blizzard off the Horn! When you looked at him and then considered his victim and pupil, Mr. Lancaster, you realized how much the old monster had to answer for. On the whole, my search was disappointing. I found almost nothing. There was a locked writing desk which might possibly contain secrets; I would watch for a chance 29 MR.

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