All That Man Is

All That Man Is

Large Print - 2017
Average Rating:
3
Rate this:
Szalay (London and the South-East) delivers a kaleidoscopic portrayal of nine men at various stages in their lives, each in the throes of extraordinary change. Despite their diverse circumstances, they are all somehow connected, engaged in a search for relevance and-dare they even consider it-meaning. English teenagers Simon and Ferdinand arrive in Berlin with competing ideas of how best to enjoy their time abroad; Bérnard, working halfheartedly in his uncle's window shop outside Lille, France, experiences a life-altering holiday at a Cyprus beach resort; Kristian, a successful Danish tabloid editor, brings down the country's defense minister after an indiscretion; Aleksandr, a disgraced Russian oligarch, contemplates suicide; an aging diplomat considers his mortality while recuperating from a heart operation in an Italian villa and notes, in what could be the book's tagline, "How little we understand about life as it is actually happening. The moments fly past, like trackside pylons seen from a train window." Without exception, the stories-subtle, seductive, poignant, humorous-bear witness to the alienation, self-doubt, and fragmentation of contemporary life; each succeeds on its own while complementing the others.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410499530
Branch Call Number: LP FIC SZA
Characteristics: large print.,rda
631 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

c
cokie28
Jun 04, 2017

While some reviewers call this a novel, I say it is a collection of short stories--interrelated in that each is about a man with needs or desires, including youth, money, love, and power. This is not a new idea. As has been noted, the book is readable, but my time could have been better spent.

s
santiano9
Dec 11, 2016

Excellent series of stories about men at different stages of their lives. The author captures daily life beautifully while fitting in larger life themes and making them relevant to both men and women of all ages. A good book and one I would recommend.

u
uncommonreader
Nov 06, 2016

These nine novellas/short stories are about men from youth to old age, from various classes, set across Europe. They are mostly lonely people, often not nice people, but portrayed with sympathy. Szalay 's idea of representing "all that man is" in this way is inventive and clever. The book is very readable.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at VIRL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top