Sunday, April 15, 2012

Virgin Charlie Challenge Week #6- Recap- A Single Man: the Unlikely Literary Piece for the Body and the Brain


Weight: 80 kg. Where did I go wrong?! Why?!



An interesting excerpt from the book that I read, “A Single Man” by Christopher Isherwood:

“How delightful it is, to be here! If only one could spend one’s entire life in this tate of easy-going physical democracy! Nobody is bitchy, here, or ill-tempered, or inquisitive. Vanity, including the most outrageous postings in front of the mirrors, is taken for granted. The godlike young baseball player confides to all his anxiety about the smallness of his ankles. The plump banker, rubbing his face with skin-cream, says simply, ‘I can’t afford to get old.’ No one is perfect and no one pretends to be. Even the half-dozen quite well-known actors put on no airs. The youngest kids sit beside sixty- and seventy-year-olds, innocently naked, in the steam room, and they call each other by their first names. Nobody is too hideous or too handsome to be accepted as an equal. Surely everyone is nicer in this place than he is outside it?

Today, George feels more than usually unwilling to leave the gym. He does his exercises twice as many times as he is supposed to; he spends a long while in the steam room; he washes his hair.”
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That’s quite some thought about the gym. No wonder why they call such novels fiction.

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