"Mr Norris Changes Trains" finds Christopher Isherwood in his element--the decadent milieu of Berlin in the early thirties. Arthur Norris, an aged debauchee, maneuvers to profit from the deadly power struggle between the Communists and the Nazis--and the result is a beguiling, funny, and sometimes nerve-racking tale.
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Christopher Isherwood was born at High lane, Cheshire, in 1904. He left Cambridge without graduationg, tried briefly to study medicine and in 1928 published All the Conspirators, followed by a second novel, The Memorial in 1932. From 1928 onwards he lived mostly out of England: four years in Berlin, five in various European countries including Portugal, Holland, Belgium and Denmark. In 1939 he went to California, which became his home for the rest of his life. His Berlin experiences produced two novels, Mr Norris Changes Trains (1935) and Goodbye to Berlin (1939). Isherwood worked with the American Friends Service Committee during part of the war. In 1946 he became a US citizen. Following his move to America he wrote five novels - Prater Violet, The World in the Evening, Down There on a Visit, A Single Man and A Meeting by the River; a travel book about South America, The Condor and the Cows; and Ramakrishna and his Disciples, a biography of the great Indian mystic. In 1971 he published Kathleen and Frank, a book based on the correspondence of his parents and his mother's diary, in 1977 Christopher and his Kind, an autobiographical account of the years 1929 to 1939, and in 1980 My Guru and His Disciple, the story of his friendship with the Swami Prabhavananda. He died in 1986.From AudioFile:
British-born Christopher Isherwood mined a lot of literary gold from his decadent, bohemian youth in Weimar Berlin, most notably the two autobiographical novel here, affectionately narrated by Alan Cumming. Cumming clearly enjoys this work, which is nicely suited to his strengths--theatricality, characterization, exuberance, facility with the German accent. Y.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Penguin Audio, 1997. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140863931