Most readings of Isherwood’s work tend to gloss over the writing
he did between the Berlin stories and the last novels, steeped in his
responses to his encounter with Vedanta Hinduism. Yet, the fiction
of these years – mostly the fifties and early sixties – offers a great
deal to us if we wish to understand Isherwood’s major attempt at
resolving some of the problems of the religious novel, attempted
chiefly in A Meeting by the River (1967).