by Peter E. Randall, Publisher .
Written in English
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ALL THAT MAN IS By David Szalay pp. Graywolf Press. $ In the final story in “All That Man Is,” an aging man sits in a cafe in Italy, listening to a 7-year-old girl sing a nursery rhyme. Tracing an arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, All That Man Is brings these separate lives together to show us men as they are – ludicrous and inarticulate, shocking and despicable; vital, pitiable, hilarious, and full of heartfelt longing. As the weather gets colder, and the men get older, the stakes become bewilderingly high. -- Justine Jordan Guardian Books of the Year "Szalay's writing is exact and true and always subtly intelligent; this book is bracing and thrilling and chilling." -- Tessa Hadley "It's a rare and wonderous event when a novel changes the way you look at the world around you; and this was the case with [All That Man Is] /5(6K). Far from celebrating’s man’s infinite variety, the book reveals his endless repetitiveness. The characters we encounter, no matter how ostensibly different, are all caught up in the same.
The new book "All That Man Is" is not exactly a collection of short stories, not exactly a novel. It tells nine stories of men in different European countries all at different points in their. All That Man Is by David Szalay review: breaking the serious news. A chronicle of the trials besetting men of different ages gradually begins to get tedious. "All That Man Is is a triumph By the fourth chapter the book as a whole has become gripping Szalay has harnessed the natural energy of time, and the result is a megawatt novel: intelligent, intricate, so very well made. The form perfectly fitting the s: [ All That Man Is] has a new urgency now that the post-Cold War dream of a Europe of open borders and broad, shared identity has come under increasing question."--Garth Greenwell, The New York Times Book Review "[David Szalay] has an admirable fearlessness for swiftly entering invented fictional worlds In canny, broad strokes, full of Reviews:
“All That Man Is” takes the novel form and shakes out of it a few essential seeds. It tells not one long story but nine shortish tales, each about a different man. All That Man Is does have the feel of a novel: in its evenness of tone, its thematic coherence, its driving sense of purpose This is a quietly dazzling book by a writer who thoroughly deserves his growing reputation. Toby Lichtig, Literary Review. He is one of those rare writers with skill in all the disciplines that first-rate fiction requires. All that Man Is, with its nine distinct stories, is a showcase for Szalay’s virtuosic range. It is a very dutiful book, founded on extensive research and inspired by The Man With the. Dark and disturbing, but also often wickedly comic, All That Man Is is notable for the acute psychological penetration Szalay brings to bear on his characters, from the working-class ex-grunt to the pompous college student, the middle-aged loser to the Russian oligarch. Steadily and mercilessly, as this brilliantly conceived book progresses 5/5(1).