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First published in 1980, Isherwood’s overlooked last book is central to an understanding of his life and work.

WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY SIMON CALLOW

The book charts a path into Eastern religion that has been dismissed by skeptics as eccentric. But this path has now been followed by countless disillusioned Westerners, from serious Buddhist and Hindu converts to those who perform yoga postures for physical exercise a few times a week. It is intimate, frank, self-deprecating, funny, and, in the camped-out 1980s, its very plainness was like a disguise, camouflage even, for the remarkable thing it undertook to reveal and also to protect – the life of religious devotion.

'What emerges is a record of a religious adventure that would have delighted Kierkegaard,' Edmund White said in New York Times in 1980. 'Isherwood rejects conventional piety - all the humdrum apparatus of worship - in favor of a direct, even jaunty appreciation of how preposterous, certainly precarious, spirituality can be today.'

Reviews

Isherwood has reinvented the spirit of devotion for the modern reader. If I had to propose a candidate for canonization, Isherwood - wry, self-conscious, scrupulously honest - would get my vote

Edmund White, New York Times

A masterpiece of spiritual memoir

Los Angeles Times

What emerges is a record of a religious adventure that would have delighted Kierkegaard... Isherwood rejects conventional piety - all the humdrum apparatus of worship - in favor of a direct, even jaunty appreciation of how preposterous, certainly precarious, spirituality can be today.

New York Times

The sacred and the profane collide like never before

Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller

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  • Paperback

    9780099561231

    August 1, 2013

    Vintage Classics

    320 pages

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    9781446476178

    May 23, 2013

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    320 pages

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