All That Man Is

All That Man Is

Book - 2016
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Random House, Inc.
Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize

A brilliantly observed, large-hearted work of fiction that introduces to a North American audience a major and mature literary talent. For readers of David Bezmozgis, Nathan Englander, Neil Smith, John Cheever, and Milan Kundera. 
 
Nine men. Each of them at a different stage of life, each of them away from home, and each of them striving – in the suburbs of Prague, beside a Belgian motorway, in a cheap Cypriot hotel – to understand just what it means to be alive, here and now. 


 
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. And as the years chase them down, the stakes become bewilderingly high in this piercing portrayal of twenty-first-century manhood.



Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : McClelland and Stewart, 2016
ISBN: 9780771078002
Branch Call Number: FIC Szala
Characteristics: 437 pages ; 21 cm

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MaryJoSchifsky
Jul 08, 2018

Referred by MinnPost Mar 2018
outlined an arc in men's lives--kind of sad and boring. Finished but wouldn't recommend.

ArapahoeAnnaL Apr 24, 2018

A pleasure to read with its powerful minimalist writing and perfectly chosen words and phrases. This novel consists of loosely connected short stories, each about a man in a different stage of life - from the uncertainties of young adulthood, the confidence of middle age, and the infirmities of old age. These characters are often struggling and on the margins of the law. Although not uplifting in the usual sense I came away with a broader and deeper understanding of what it can mean to be human, here in the 21st century.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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